Meaning of double-barrelled in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdʌb(ə)lˈbarəld/


  • 1(of a gun) having two barrels.

    ‘He said: ‘When I looked out of the office I saw this double-barrelled gun which was being pointed quite dramatically at me.’’
    • ‘Police are puzzled as to how the stock of a double-barrelled gun arrived there or how long the waterlogged part had been there.’
    • ‘Upset with the surveyors, as well as with their own relatives who had sold the land in their absence, they again demanded the double-barrelled guns they were promised.’
    • ‘And I see him run inside and out he come with his double-barrelled gun.’
    • ‘He admitted firing a single cartridge from a double-barrelled shotgun pistol in the attack on July 4 last year, but he denied attempted murder.’
    • ‘A double-barrelled shotgun was stolen from a private house in the Kilcohan area of Waterford between 10p.m. and midnight last Thursday.’
    • ‘One double-barrelled shotgun, which was found near the Sports Complex in Sligo before Christmas, is believed to have been used in a robbery in Ennis.’
    • ‘A double-barrelled shotgun was recovered from the scene.’
    • ‘He also agreed he told police his uncle had owned a 12-bore double-barrelled shotgun at a previous address and was very proud of the gun.’
    • ‘An Italian Derrenger double-barrelled pistol was found at his gas distribution firm, CSG, in Chesterfield.’
    • ‘He also admitted unlawful possession of a double-barrelled shotgun and 31 cartridges on the same date.’
    • ‘He was a skilled artisan and craftsman who had a great influence on the design of the double-barrelled shotgun and set up a shop in London in 1793.’
    • ‘A double-barrelled shotgun was put to my head as part of the play.’
    • ‘A small double-barrelled pistol was found hidden in a coffee percolator and a loaded mini revolver in a passenger's hand luggage.’
    • ‘He said the gangs fought with double-barrelled shotguns, machetes, broken bottles, iron bars.’
    • ‘Officers found an antique, double-barrelled Derringer hidden in a walnut grandfather clock in his bedroom.’
    • ‘The singer is understood to have arrived at the Holiday Inn in West Nile Street, Glasgow, with several double-barrelled shotguns.’
    • ‘As you progress through the game, more high-powered weapons the likes of crossbows and double-barrelled shotguns will become available.’
    • ‘His unwelcome advance was met with double-barrelled shotgun.’
    • ‘By the time she was fifteen she was living on her own, managing a roughneck joint with a double-barrelled shotgun by her side.’
    1. 1.1Having two parts or aspects.
      ‘The double-barrelled question is a clear instance of the transgression of this rule, but in addition there is the case of a question like.’
      • ‘The stable girl said in a statement that he had suffered ‘a double-barrelled kick - both the horse's feet came off the ground’.’
      • ‘All of the questions posed are double-barrelled.’
      • ‘This double-barrelled gig kicks off around 8:30 pm and costs only $3.’
      • ‘I'm a bit duff on my double-barrelled genres (when does metal become death-metal?).’
      • ‘The thing I do question is his double-barrelled approach - the ‘secret’ in the Bulletin, then the open allegation and the email on Channel Nine.’
      • ‘Another stable girl said: ‘The horse did a full double-barrelled kick.’’
      • ‘Victorian opener Elliott launched a double-barrelled attack on Queensland's bowlers and the record books as the Bushrangers took an iron-grip on the Pura Cup trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today.’
      • ‘When the debate had begun a couple of hours earlier, a double-barrelled assault by the them was the last thing on his mind.’
      • ‘Guard cells were impaled with double-barrelled electrodes, one barrel being used to clamp the membrane potential with the dSEVC amplifier.’
  • 2British (of a surname) having two parts joined by a hyphen.

    ‘He said the couple, who live in Pocklington, had considered a double-barrelled surname but decided to keep things simple.’
    • ‘You know how the English like their double-barrelled surnames?’
    • ‘‘When Port Vale lost to Cardiff 3-1 last week, two players with double-barrelled surnames scored,’ says Steve.’
    • ‘The idea that it was run by port-swilling people with double-barrelled surnames had an element of truth.’
    • ‘So what is to become of all those naturalised people with foreign-born fathers who bear double-barrelled surnames or who are unfortunate enough to have been given more than one forename in the tradition of their father's people?’
    • ‘But as a young man he decided to acquire a double-barrelled name by hyphenating his middle name, Grant, to the Ferris.’
    • ‘His only claim to fame was his double-barrelled surname.’
    • ‘You'll have seen them on TV, usually with a double-barrelled name, a hoity-toity accent and a self-appointed mission to keep Scotland in the Dark Ages.’
    • ‘The Londoners at least had the decency to only field one player with a double-barrelled name, at centre.’
    • ‘Rank amateurs from the right side of the tracks - armed with nothing more than double-barrelled names and a full set of silver spoons.’
    • ‘But then, what can you expect from a toff with a double-barrelled name?’
    • ‘It seems that upwardly mobile social climbers find the snob appeal of double-barrelled names irresistible.’
    • ‘She had an aristocratic double-barrelled name for a start, and who but posh folk were called Camilla anyway?’
    • ‘Could anyone succeed today in the world of pop music with a double-barrelled name or a posh voice?’
    • ‘The shops were all either estate agents, handbag shops bought for girls by rich foreign daddies, or boutique vegetable stores where the mushrooms had double-barrelled names and cost nine pounds each.’
    • ‘The fact that the fund manager has a double-barrelled name, a nice pinstripe suit and looks rather clever in the accompanying brochures is just not enough.’
    • ‘Very conceited, the men were, with double-barrelled names and chins, new-style rather than old-style gentlemen.’
    • ‘Do your readers think I should let her suffer with her new name or shall we try something double-barrelled like the Brown-Foxes.’
    • ‘My surname is one of the most common in this country and hers is double-barrelled.’
    • ‘Balking at the double-barrelled option, our own compromise was to give them my surname as a middle name, so at least my family connection is maintained.’