double take


dou·​ble take ˈdə-bəl-ˌtāk How to pronounce double take (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double take was in 1930

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“Double take.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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double take

dou·​ble take ˈdəb-əl-ˌtāk How to pronounce double take (audio)
: a delayed reaction to a surprising or unusual situation after first failing to notice anything unusual
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