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double take

a rapid or surprised second look, either literal or figurative, at a person or situation whose significance had not been completely grasped at first:
His friends did a double take when they saw how much weight he had lost.
Origin of double take
1935-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for double take
  • But first there was a definite moment of double take, and then a scramble to confirm that this wasn't some elaborate hoax.
  • The double take you did when you realized you were on the air was hilarious.
  • As he walked toward the rehabilitation unit, patients did a double take and reached down to stroke his back.
  • It's a rare event in the art world that can still evoke a double take.
British Dictionary definitions for double take

double take

(esp in comedy) a delayed reaction by a person to a remark, situation, etc
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