Definition of Double take

1. Noun. A delayed reaction indicating surprise.

Generic synonyms: Reaction, Response



Definition of Double take

1. Noun. (colloquial) 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. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Double Take

double standards
double star
double star system
double star systems
double stars
double steal
double steals
double stitch
double stop
double stopping
double stops
double straddle
double straddles
double switch
double tachycardia
double take (current term)
double taker
double talk
double tap
double taps
double team
double tertian
double tertian malaria
double thymidine block
double time
double tongue
double top
double trap
double up

Literary usage of Double take

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1. The Principles of Psychology by William James (1918)
"... and that their objects should consequently appear in TWO places, or LOOK DOUBLE. Take the parallel rays from a star falling upon two eyes which converge ..."

2. The Methodist Review (1862)
"Their sense is a unit and not double. Take, for example, the story which Nathan related to David of the poor man who had one ewe lamb. ..."

3. Treaty of Peace with Germany by Germany (1918- ), Germany (1918- ) Treaties, etc. 1918-, Allied and Associated Powers (1914-1920), United States Congress Senate, Germany, etc. 1918 Treaties, June 28 Treaty with Germany, 1919 (1919)
"... Britain was about double our trade with Germany, and the balance of trade in our favor, of course, was about double. Take the year ending June 30, 1914. ..."

4. Treaty of Peace with Germany by Germany (1918- ), Germany (1918- ) Treaties, etc. 1918-, Allied and Associated Powers (1914-1920), United States Congress Senate, Germany, etc. 1918 Treaties, June 28 Treaty with Germany, 1919 (1919)
"... Britain was about double our trade with Germany, and the balance of trade in our favor, of course, was about double. Take the year ending June 30, 1914. ..."

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