double-barreled love



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

  • adj. Having two barrels mounted side by side: a double-barreled shotgun.
  • adj. Serving two purposes; twofold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having two barrels; -- applied to a gun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having two barrels, as a gun.
  • Figuratively, serving to effect a double purpose or to produce a double result.

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

  • adj. having two purposes; twofold
  • adj. having two barrels mounted side by side


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  • The laughs are there, but so is the feeling: You never forget that "Guys and Dolls" is not just a comedy but also a double-barreled love story, and you believe at all times in the truth of the underlying emotions that give meaning to the jokes.

    Joy in Runyonland

  • Fortunately for us, he left behind more than enough records to secure for all time his place among the ranks of the great double-barreled artists.

    Unforgettable in More Than One Way

  • But the skies cooperated, allowing Potter and her double-barreled shotgun guitarists -- Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco -- to blast through the rest of their opening set, propelled by the riveting rhythm section of Cat Popper (bass) and Matt Burr (drums).

    Michael Bialas: Grace Potter/Nocturnals, the Avett Brothers Find Love on the Rocks

  • Specifically, this double-barreled strategy seems to reflect:

    Alfie Kohn: Operation Discourage Bright People from Wanting to Teach

  • New ECB President Mario Draghi will convene his first policy meeting, which some believe could mark the beginning of a campaign to lower borrowing costs in the euro zone as it faces the double-barreled threats of weak growth and the debt situation.

    Euro, Dollar Look To Central Banks

  • The ads would be a double-barreled assault on Mr. Romney's success as a businessman and on Republicans as the party of corporate wheeler-dealers and the uncaring rich.

    Romney and the Corporate Raider Critique

  • His most high-profile effort was the campaign to cut programming costs by giving Jay Leno a 10 p.m. show and installing Conan O'Brien at "The Tonight Show," a double-barreled disaster that led to O'Brien's departure.

    Knives come out at networks; NBC's Zucker and CNN's Klein are gone

  • The market doesn't look favorably on Wal-Mart's chances of fending off the double-barreled assault.

    To Gauge Wal-Mart, Watch Its Flanks

  • The invocation of American domestic terrorism, and the comparison of King's efforts to discrimination visited on African Americans, amount to a double-barreled shot at the very premise of his hearings, which is that the threat of Islamic terror is unique enough to justify the focus of high-profile Congressional hearings on just this one group of Americans.

    NAACP to Pete King: Drop your effort to stereotype Muslims

  • Since low labor costs are the primary reason many foreign companies have manufacturing operations in China, this double-barreled increase is leading many to consider other countries as production centers.

    The Corporate Shuffle


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