double take


dou·ble take

noun \ˈdə-bəl-ˌtāk\

: an act of quickly looking at something that is surprising or unusual a second time after looking at it a moment earlier

Full Definition of DOUBLE TAKE

:  a delayed reaction to a surprising or significant situation after an initial failure to notice anything unusual —usually used in the phrase do a double take

Examples of DOUBLE TAKE

  1. His parents did a double take when he came home with a tattoo.

First Known Use of DOUBLE TAKE

1930

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