Definition of double take in English:

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double take

Pronunciation: /ˈˌdəbəl ˈtāk/


A delayed reaction to something unexpected, immediately after one’s first reaction: Tony glanced at her, then did a double take
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  • Something caught my attention, I forget what it was, so I did a double take and stepped back a few paces to get a better look.
  • Half the people you meet will do a double take and make gestures at you, hinting that you've got something in your eye.
  • He looked at the moonlight pouring in from the stairs and did a double take as his eyes caught something.

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Syllabification: dou·ble take

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