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.
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DOUBLE TAKE Defined for English Language Learners
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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