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.

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Celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton, who has worked with Kim, North, and Ariana, posted a pic of the two ponytail twins on his Instagram and the photo made Ari do a double take. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Made the Funniest Joke on a Picture of Kim Kardashian and North West," 1 Oct. 2018 Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic's analysis of the World Cup game against Argentina required a double take. Gerald Imray,, "Croatia boss Dalic: Argentina matchup 'the easiest game for us'," 20 June 2018 The outfits in both photos also deserve a double take. Erin Hill,, "See How Prince Louis' First Portrait Stacks Up Against Charlotte's (Complete with Royal Kiss!)," 7 May 2018 Still, there are a few aspects of the Madden NFL 19 ratings that caused a double take to someone who follows the league closely. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "'Madden NFL 19' player ratings: 9 head-turning observations include slight to Eli Manning," 12 July 2018 Though some might enjoy the faux-nude beach look, the ensuing double take is not one most of us seek. Christine Whitney, WSJ, "The Best Alternatives to the Boring Black Swimsuit," 11 July 2018 Smiling strangers did double takes as the rapper, activist and filmmaker moved down the street. Jen Yamato,, "Beyond 'Black Panther': Thanks to a wave of homegrown filmmakers, Oakland is having a Hollywood moment," 7 July 2018 However, this isn't the first time the Property Brothers have had their fans do a double take. Eileen Reslen, House Beautiful, "Uruguayan Soccer Player Luis Suárez Totally Looks Like the Property Brothers," 6 July 2018 There were quite a few double takes Saturday morning as a long line of autograph hunters waited patiently at Oakland Mall. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Chauncey Billups: Detroit Pistons job report in 'bad taste'," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of double take

1930, in the meaning defined above

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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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