Definition of double act in English:

double act


  • 1A performance involving two people.

    ‘the best comic double act of its time’
    • ‘Perry clowns, Willis frowns, Perry does slapsticks, Willis slaps chops, and the flustered-versus-cool double act has its comic moments, particularly in a series of physical set-pieces.’
    • ‘The roles create one of the great comic double acts of modern theatre, and the interplay between Redgrave and Wood is arguably the finest thing about the production.’
    • ‘Its use of a narrative structure, rather than sketch-based routines, and its abandoning of the classic double act model of comic interplay helped free TV comedy from its musical hall roots.’
    • ‘In my very early days, I did lots of double acts with comics, so I know how they work.’
    • ‘Each programme looks at the many facets of light entertainment, including: comics, showbiz personalities, impressionists, chat shows, double acts, radio stars and DJs.’
    • ‘With Ruth and Smiddy emerging as their teams top marksmen, it was level pegging all the way until Ring and Smiddy produced their pointscoring double act near the end.’
    • ‘The slapstick double act they crafted was always supposed to be a sideline to their serious acting careers, but now it's almost entirely taken over.’
    • ‘That means the ensuing two months in southern Africa represents the final curtain-call for one of world cricket's more unlikely double acts.’
    • ‘The same double act, on the opposite side of the field, produced the second score within a minute, with Donaldson this time breaking through the fragile home midfield, and Morris again supporting well.’
    • ‘I once listened to a broadcast in Bali which seemed to be of a comedy double act (as all my co-listeners were falling about at the dialogue).’
    • ‘All this spectacle was reflected in a slanted mirror hanging above the performers, quadrupling the double act, quadrupling the fun.’
    • ‘They fire back and forth witty, erudite rhymes like a comedy double act advertising a dictionary.’
    • ‘As two of the game's great champions flounder at Lytham, Alan reports on a double act that may still shine on the Open stage’
    • ‘A different double act emerged from the Australian dressing-room.’
    • ‘Certainly, contemporary double acts don't match up.’
    • ‘Stiller and Wilson make a classic double act, in this their sixth film together, and while we may have seen their schtick before, it's still very funny - people will be saying ‘Do it’ for months.’
    • ‘They were a brilliant double act - both hard news men and wonderful relaxed broadcasters.’
    • ‘There is no flexibility, meaning, as it turns out, that the potential for the sisters to perform a double act is thwarted.’
    • ‘When we performed double acts at various universities he got all the best laughs - also all the best girls.’
    • ‘An early double act, the Hall Brothers, was dire.’
    1. 1.1A pair of entertainers who perform a double act.
      ‘my father was part of a double act with his brother’
      • ‘The pair were a brilliant double act, helped by evil lighting and Marjorie's hissy voice, which I learn is not her own and helped along by case loads of throat sweets presumably.’
      • ‘He first met Les, who became a close friend, in 1971 and the pair rapidly formed a double act in Sez Les and The Les Dawson Show.’
      • ‘After The Pleasure Man, the two got together as a double act, with Burn performing songs Bloomfield had done in collaboration with director Neil Bartlett.’
      • ‘His chemistry with the innocent-looking Luna is well-realised and the duo make an entertaining double act, particularly during the early cons.’
      • ‘Grady and Van de Velde could, given the chance, become an entertaining double act.’
      • ‘The pair are clearly a comedy double act off the park, but it is the understanding and appreciation of each other's footballing talents which underpins the relationship.’
      • ‘The best newcomer award went to the double act Noble and Silver.’
      • ‘An entertaining and photogenic double act, Yarko and Daniel are more interested in school and sports than in their so-called enemies.’
      • ‘The 23-year-old is one half of the famous Pardubice double act with his highly successful brother, Lukas who exploded onto the Grand Prix scene last season.’
      • ‘We're like a double act; I've ended up the straight man with all the straight lines.’
      • ‘While at Oxford he was part of a comedy double act which peaked with an appearance on New Faces, where they came second.’
      • ‘Lara and Terry become a double act, except she can't entirely trust him, which gives the relationship an edge.’
      • ‘Whatever else, these two are the best double act in comedy today.’
      • ‘They could be a comedy double act from a series called The Contenders.’
      • ‘I was in town to promote The Ambassadors, a comedy double act who had obtained my services through an ad in the OUDS newsletter.’
      • ‘Mr Large, one half of the classic comic double act Little and Large, made the presentation at the Trowbridge campus.’
      • ‘In particular, says Andrew, the Scottish double act in his second row has been spectacularly effective.’
      • ‘He and Peacock - who tend to operate as a double act - are one year into a three-year plan but remain under immense pressure to deliver.’
      • ‘Like many double acts, they have little in common outside work.’
      • ‘Davies once shared a flat with the double act Armstrong and Miller.’


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