double-dealing love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Duplicitous or deceitful; treacherous.
  • n. Duplicity or deceit; treachery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Cheating, dishonest; treacherous.
  • n. deceit or treachery

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • False or deceitful dealing; acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another. See Double dealing, under dealing.
  • adj. given to deception especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another.
  • n. insincere, treacherous dealing; duplicity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Duplicity; deceitful practice; the profession of one thing and the practice of another.
  • Given to duplicity; artful; treacherous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
  • adj. marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another

Etymologies

From the practice of dealing oneself multiple cards in order to gain an advantage (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sen. Ben Nelson D., Neb. also lashed out at what he termed Pakistan's "double-dealing."

    Panetta Won't Specify Pace of Afghan Troop Drawdown

  • U.S. officials are also increasingly frustrated by what they see as Islamabad's double-dealing.

    CIA Escalates in Pakistan

  • In Crown & Country he provides the reader with enough intellectual rigour to impart context, before livening the page with pithy tales of treachery or cruelty, of double-dealing or disaster.

    Crown & Country by David Starkey - review

  • There has been much discussion about the alleged double-dealing of the Pakistani army and the proposals to cut U.S. aid.

    Saad Khan: Obama's Mideast Speech Left Much to be Desired

  • Your "trusted ally" in the War on Terror, Pakistan, may or may not be a double-dealing rat.

    Robert Brenner: Captain America vs. Osama Bin Laden

  • Yet despite presenting a hilarious letter from Bernini's mamma pegging her son as an out-and-out "narcissist"—Mr. Mormando's term—the biographer exculpates the master of any really malicious double-dealing.

    The Heirloom City

  • For all its double-dealing and the strutting vanities of both men and women, particularly Rachael Stirling's affected Melinda, a woman who is all "ears" and graces, it has a sweet heart.

    The Recruiting Officer - review

  • But as events take a number of twisty turns, no allegiance is as clear as it first seems and back-stabbing, double-dealing and compromise are the order of the day.

    Catch-up TV Guide: From Borgen to Brighton Rock

  • Any serious study into the Edwardian era will unearth a stunning array of double-dealing, back-biting, secret treaties, war-mongering, and imperialistic dreams between European, American, and Asian nations, which resulted in tension so thick, you could cut with it a rattling saber.

    2010 April | Edwardian Promenade

  • Many of the female leads of these shows continue to spiral away from being role models and providing empowerment to young viewers with their perpetual backstabbing, cursing, cat fighting, and double-dealing.

    Lisa Steinberg: Role Models in Reality TV

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