from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A game of jump rope in which players jump over two ropes swung in a crisscross formation by two turners.

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  • noun the difficult version of jump rope in which players jump over two ropes that are swung in a crisscross manner by two turners
  • noun an incomprehensible talk


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  • Double Dutch a sport in which one person jumps rope with two ropes and one or more people jumping simultaneously.

    Playing Double Dutch involves at least three people total: one or more jumping and two turning the ropes.


    January 28, 2008

  • New Amsterdam it's become much too much

    Till I have the possession of everything she touches

    Till I step on the brakes to get out of her clutches

    Till I speak double dutch to a real double duchess

    - Elvis Costello, 'New Amsterdam'.

    September 16, 2008