Definition of double time in English:

double time


mass noun
  • 1A rate of pay equal to double the standard rate, sometimes paid for working on holidays or outside normal working hours.

    ‘staff are entitled to double time for each statutory holiday worked’
    • ‘In addition, eligible employees who do work on the holiday are paid time-and-a-half for the first 11 hours and double time after 11 hours.’
    • ‘Though it wasn't compulsory, everyone got a paid three-week holiday or bank holiday double time and days in lieu.’
    • ‘But even double time wages were not enough to entice many workers to put themselves at risk, given the inadequacies of the resources that remained.’
    • ‘While the daily rate rose from $12.56 to $13 an hour, a flat weekend rate of $15 replaced the previous system of time and a half for the first two hours and double time thereafter.’
    • ‘They have taken away the holiday overtime average, double time overtime and things like that.’
    • ‘The temping coordinator informed me, with a meaningless smile, that while the rate is normally double time for weekend overtime, in this instance they had come to a special agreement that overtime would be paid at time and a half.’
    • ‘Overtime was due to be cut in stages over the next two years, from double time on bank holidays to time-and-a-half.’
    • ‘He told the Evening Press that after talks with officials he had ‘reason to suspect’ they intend to withdraw premium payments such as double time from weekend workers.’
    • ‘According to Unison, the council is proposing to cut time-and-a-half and double time payments for weekends and bank holidays to a £6.12 per hour flat rate.’
    • ‘Many other people who work with the elderly and vulnerable would lose enhancements, such as double time payments for work on a bank holiday.’
    • ‘Anyone who works these holidays must give up the payments of double time and time and a half.’
    • ‘Gary is busy until next February but should make his big money on crowd control at the summer's big outdoor events where he can charge double time.’
    • ‘Saturdays paid time and a half, Sundays double time.’
    • ‘Already their workers, in effect, get double time for work on a public holiday, because they get a day off in lieu.’
    • ‘The four hours in excess of 38 hours per week in the clause shall be paid at double time.’
    • ‘Instead of the Sunday premium of triple pay, some regular Sunday workers will receive time-and-a-half payment with others receiving double time.’
    • ‘At the moment, nurses receive a 25% shift allowance in respect of actual nights worked, an added €10 for working Saturdays and double time on a Sunday.’
    • ‘He told the Gazette: ‘The union is seeking double time for night working, days off in lieu and all public holidays off.’’
    • ‘In return for double time and a day off in lieu, we expect firefighters to work normally on public holidays.’
    • ‘If that were done, employers who wanted their professional and managerial workers to put in more than forty hours a week would have to pay time and a half for overtime and double time for weekends.’
  • 2Military
    A regulation running pace.

    ‘the sergeants march a shaven-headed squad in double time’
    • ‘The patrol, at any given time, would pick up a double time for a short duration and, at times, change the logical direction of its movement to prevent being targeted or trailed.’
    • ‘In the hours after the first quake in January, they marched in double time through devastated streets of Las Colinas, a neighborhood of Santa Tecla, carrying shovels across their chests like rifles.’
  • 3Music
    A rhythm that is twice as fast as an earlier one.

    • ‘In the middle of the track, however, the drum beat goes into double time and races the track to a very satisfying conclusion.’
    • ‘The song ‘Stay,’ for example, has a great drum buildup to the finale with a slow, wailing horn solo and double time guitar and bass parts propelling it along.’
    • ‘The sound and music remains faithful to the MK tradition, and has retained the double time music for the final lap to add tension.’


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