double take

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 Team USA skip John Shuster, whose dramatic double take-out in the eighth end of the gold medal game helped the U.S. turn the tide against Sweden in 2018, is excited about the support from a brand like Columbia. Michael Loré, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 A few days later, the Sweet Home Alabama actress posted a wholesome picture that made people do a double take. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 1 Sep. 2021 The description caused a double take among reporters in the room during Cotter’s news conference last week in Las Vegas, just like some of his phrases have at times during film and practice sessions during Summer League. Jamal Collier,, 17 Aug. 2021 Which was, for anyone who had a passing familiarity with the fashion designer’s public life, cause for a double take, because last summer Klein sold another Hamptons house for $85 million. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 29 July 2021 Jessica Alba's oldest child is now a teenager – and the resemblance between them has fans doing a double take. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 Most of his classmates, friends and anybody among the younger crowd often do a double take. Glenn Graham,, 22 June 2021 One imagines the French curatorial staff getting a taste of Taylor Pork Roll and doing their own double take. Zachary Small, Curbed, 17 June 2021 Ferrante said it’s a drastic contrast and one that makes some people do a double take. Brent Kennedy,, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of double take

1930, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2021

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“Double take.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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