Definition of double-dip in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdəb(ə)lˈdip/ /ˌdəb(ə)lˈdɪp/

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  • Denoting or relating to a recession during which a period of economic decline is followed by a brief period of growth, followed by a further period of decline.

    ‘higher food and energy prices could increase the risk of a double-dip recession’
    • ‘Despite 11 cuts in interest rates last year, the American economy is poised on the edge of a double-dip recession.’
    • ‘The specter of a "double-dip" recession, or worse, looms.’
    • ‘Besides, a double-dip recession remains a distinct possibility.’
    • ‘Most analysts expect the US to avoid a "double-dip" recession, according to a survey by the National Association of Business Economists in the US.’
    • ‘But Mr Chester was less optimistic about Euro-zone economies and said Germany is in danger of suffering a double-dip recession.’
    • ‘Look at how consumers and businesses say they feel about the future, and the economy seems headed for a double-dip recession.’
    • ‘Markets are now driven by whether the US will go into a double-dip recession, or whether we are in a new cycle lasting three or four years.’
    • ‘As long as we don't get a double-dip downturn, investors may look back on this quarter as a turning point.’
    • ‘Is a dreaded double-dip recession in the offing?’
    • ‘Should November's figures show a significant drop, it would suggest that a double-dip recession had become more likely.’
    • ‘US economists expect growth to fall again in the third quarter, with some warning that a double-dip recession remains possible.’
    • ‘So unless there is a deep double-dip recession, the future for traditional commercial television looks less grim than it has for some time.’
    • ‘It came as a new poll showed that more London firms are now predicting a double-dip recession.’
    • ‘A double-dip recession is still a potential threat that must be avoided at all costs.’
    • ‘The possibility of a double-dip recession remains, but if most forecasters are right, unemployment should begin to fall.’
    • ‘Plus, we could well be on our way into a double-dip recession three years from now once the fiscal and monetary stimulus is withdrawn.’
    • ‘Even if the modest signs of improvement develop into rising output by the autumn, there is still a strong risk of a relapse into a double-dip recession.’
    • ‘A weak economy or double-dip recession would be highly negative for both residential and commercial real estate prices, and thus for banks' asset quality.’
    • ‘"If the consumer deserts the US economy, then the outlook will be pretty grim and a double dip slowdown is on the cards," said Mr Dunne.’
    • ‘But the reality of a real employment shock that would accompany a double dip global slowdown, and the impact it would have on confidence, could be nasty indeed for the banks.’
    • ‘This pushes the prospect of a rate rise further back into the autumn - just as evidence of a 'double dip' downturn has pushed a US rate increase well back towards the end of the year.’


  • A double-dip recession.

    ‘this strategy should help mitigate the risk of the economy falling into a double-dip’
    • ‘America, the world's largest economy, is staring into a 'double dip' at best.’
    • ‘The people who expect a double dip or worse in the United States certainly represent a small minority.’
    • ‘In this way we can avoid a double dip in the economy.’
    • ‘In these last three cycles double dips were either statistical in nature or engineered by a restrictive Fed.’
    • ‘It isn't inevitable that Europe will suffer a double dip.’
    • ‘Recent evidence of sharp declines in German and French business surveys in September only serve to underscore the mounting perils of a euro-zone double dip.’
    • ‘And there are fears that a big slide down from here could send the real economy into a double dip.’
    • ‘That's why this summer's big drop in the market was taken by many as a sign of an impending double dip.’
    • ‘It is still a little erratic but there are very few signs that the UK is experiencing a double dip.’
    • ‘While growth is likely to be slower than expected in the second half, Greenspan & Co. still doesn't expect a double dip.’
    • ‘He warns: "If we don't get this right, we face a second leg of recession, a double dip, combining with deflation."’
    • ‘But the market has come down so much that even a double dip may be discounted.’
    • ‘The fact remains that Wall Street analysts were reporting in late January that the economy had probably contracted in the fourth quarter of 2002: either the recession was worsening or the dreaded double dip had begun.’
    • ‘It is his view that the current state of financial market deterioration calls for a downward adjustment to U.S. economic growth going forward to a 1.5 % to 2 % rate, with a significant chance of a double dip.’
    • ‘The 1969 - 70 double dip was due to a strike in the auto sector and was not a reassertion of the cumulative contraction dynamics of a recession.’
    • ‘But with the rest of Asia ex-Japan remaining very much a levered play on the US demand cycle, it's hard to see most of the region remaining unaffected by an American double dip.’
    • ‘Yet, despite these snippets pointing to renewed economic weakness globally, the presumption of a double dip is not as obvious as it first appears.’
    • ‘The double dip in the world's two biggest economies in the '90s and early '00s (even without depression) has helped the acquisitive eventual survivors by lowering stock values.’
    • ‘The stock market's recent bearish reversal in mid-June reflects the new reality of, at best a weak recovery in 2010, and at worst, stagnation or a double dip.’
    • ‘But he said there was a risk of a double dip, even if the second leg down was less dramatic than the first.’

intransitive verb

[no object]informal North American
  • Obtain an income from two different sources, typically in an illicit way.

    • ‘they compared notes and discovered that he was double-dipping’
    • ‘The goal, he says, is to identify people who may be falling through the cracks or trying to double-dip.’
    • ‘It is the non-profit community agencies that are going to be forced to double-dip - and it will be the public who will pay in lost services.’
    • ‘Unlike Mister Causley who gets to double-dip by claiming both federal and state superannuation and will walk away with in excess of a million dollars.’
    • ‘Members often double-dip on leave benefits, for example taking short leave following a field exercise even though field leave is accrued, it is claimed;’
    • ‘And then you have another Ray, alleged to have double-dipped on his travel expenses, in charge of organisations which, uh, misappropriate funds, spend them unwisely or badly.’