double-take

double take

noun
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:
1935–40, Americanism

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

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double take definition


  1. n.
    a surprised second look at something. : Fred did a double take, then recognized Britney.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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