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double take

noun
1.
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
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for double-take

double take

noun
1.
(esp in comedy) a delayed reaction by a person to a remark, situation, etc
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Slang definitions & phrases for double-take

double-take

noun

A sudden second look or a laugh or gesture over something one has at first ignored or accepted; a belated reaction: She suddenly caught the reference and did a double-take

verb

: I double-took a little bit when she ordered a cigar (1940s+)


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Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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