double take

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A take, commonly used as a comical reaction to a surprising sight, in which someone casually sees something, briefly stops looking at it, realizes what it is, and snaps attention back to it with an expression of surprise or disbelief

I swear I did a double-take when I spotted that $100 bill lying in the gutter!.

a delayed reaction indicating surprise
defect in an engine's ignition; delayed response
A delayed reaction to an unusual remark or circumstance, often used as a comic device. do a double take to look at someone or something again because you are very surprised by what you saw or heard
do a double take
(deyim) Look at something or someone twice because you are so surprised at what you have seen
If you do a double-take when you see or hear something strange or surprising, you hesitate for a moment before reacting to it because you wonder if you really saw or heard it. I did a double-take when I saw her dressed in biker's gear
double take


    dou·ble take

    Türkische aussprache

    dʌbıl teyk


    /ˈdəbəl ˈtāk/ /ˈdʌbəl ˈteɪk/


    [ 'd&-b&l ] (adjective.) 13th century. Middle English, from Old French, from Latin duplus , from duo two + -plus multiplied by; akin to Old English -feald -fold; more at TWO, -FOLD.

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