double take

noun dou·ble take \ ˈdə-bəl-ˌtāk \

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

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

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First Known Use of double take

1930


DOUBLE TAKE Defined for English Language Learners

double take

noun

Definition of double take for English Language Learners

  • : 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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