from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A delayed reaction to an unusual remark or circumstance, often used as a comic device.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a delayed reaction indicating surprise


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  • The two MPs did a double take at her Maori-like ink job.


  • Nonetheless, despite Pickering's discretion, Rachel could see that their identities had remained a secret for only a matter of seconds; the pilot failed to hide his wide-eyed double take upon seeing television celebrity Michael Tolland.

    Deception Point

  • They did a double take when she pulled up — seeing the beautiful redhead driving an NYPD crime scene RRV and wearing blue jeans, a wind-breaker, and a Mets cap.

    The Coffin Dancer

  • Hayden did a double take when he spotted the stuffed parrot perched on the shoulder of Lottie’s doll.

    One Night Of Scandal


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