spit take

noun
variants: or spit-take \ ˈspit-​ˌtāk How to pronounce spit-take (audio) \
plural spit takes or spit-takes

Definition of spit take

informal
: the act of spitting out one's drink in response to something funny or surprising especially for comedic effect Whether you're grading on difficulty or execution, this spit take is nearly a perfect ten. [Stephen] Colbert maintains a perfect 25-degree angle-of-spew throughout the duration—nearly an entire second—while effortlessly hitting the kind of water throughput levels more commonly seen in aqueduct design than comedy sketches.— Matthew Dessem If this morning's news had you doing a spit take over your morning coffee, don't worry, Keurig Dr Pepper is happy to sell you another cup.— Brad Avery When his name is announced as a best director nominee, Tarantino performs an epic spit-take, proving that the wanton spraying of bodily fluids is a personal proclivity as well as a cinematic one.Thrillist Entertainment College prices have long provoked headshaking, but in recent years they've been more likely to cause a spit-take.— Michael Rubiner

First Known Use of spit take

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Spit take.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spit%20take. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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