double take

noun
dou·​ble take | \ ˈdə-bəl-ˌtāk How to pronounce double take (audio) \

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 in a Sentence

His parents did a double take when he came home with a tattoo.
Recent Examples on the Web This gardener did a double take while digging up some potatoes. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "U.K. Gardener Harvests Potato She Swears Resembles Dog: 'I Still Keep Laughing About It'," 22 Sep. 2020 Back in 2015, Halsey even sent out a tweet that made fans do a double take when the news about their possible relationship broke. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Halsey and Cara Delevingne Spark Romance Rumors After Their Exes, Ashley Benson and G-Eazy, Start Dating," 8 Sep. 2020 At the tail end of April 1961, a teenage girl walking by the window of the old Gunther Jaeckel shop on 57th Street might have done a double take. Blake Gopnik, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Andy Warhol Came to Paint Campbell’s Soup Cans," 10 May 2020 The home also features an open plan kitchen, a dining room, two bedrooms, and plenty of plush photo ops that will surely make your Instagram followers do a double take. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Buckingham Palace-Themed Luxury Mobile Home Will Make You Feel Like a True Queen," 31 Aug. 2020 At the tail end of April 1961, a teenage girl walking by the window of the old Gunther Jaeckel shop on 57th Street might have done a double take. Blake Gopnik, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Andy Warhol Came to Paint Campbell’s Soup Cans," 10 May 2020 At the tail end of April 1961, a teenage girl walking by the window of the old Gunther Jaeckel shop on 57th Street might have done a double take. Blake Gopnik, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Andy Warhol Came to Paint Campbell’s Soup Cans," 10 May 2020 Just remember that asking for a dump bucket might cause a double take. Chris Macias, SFChronicle.com, "Concannon: leave your inner wine snob at the door," 3 Aug. 2020 At the tail end of April 1961, a teenage girl walking by the window of the old Gunther Jaeckel shop on 57th Street might have done a double take. Blake Gopnik, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Andy Warhol Came to Paint Campbell’s Soup Cans," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of double take

1930, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2020

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“Double take.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double%20take. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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double take

noun
How to pronounce double take (audio)

English Language Learners 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

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