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double take

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noun dou·ble take \ˈdə-bəl-ˌtāk\

Simple Definition of double take

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of double take

  1. :  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 in a sentence

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



1930

First Known Use of double take

1930


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