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Does "The hall was doubling as a swanky bar for an upscale local hotel" mean "The space of the hall was doubled to become a fashionable barroom to serve an upscale local hotel"?
Indianapolis, Indiana, May 3rd, 2016, a little before 8:30 p.m. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz strode onstage beneath a gorgeous stained-glass relief in the city's Union Station. The hall was doubling as a swanky bar for an upscale local hotel, and much of the assembled press was both lubricated and impatient. The primary had been called for Donald Trump more than an hour before. What was the holdup?
No, it doesn't mean that. It doesn't really make a lot of sense. When something is said to be "doubling as" something it means that it is being used for that purpose as well as its usual function. I fail to see how the hall of Union Station could be used as "a swanky bar for an upscale local hotel".
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