double take

NOUN
  1. a delayed reaction indicating surprise
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How To Use double take In A Sentence

  • You can almost hear college basketball fans across the country do double takes when they see his name popping up in the headlines after all these years. SI.com
  • Full of twitches and double takes, he manages to undermine his usual screen assuredness enough to carry off moments of great hilarity without ever compromising his suavity.
  • So I went to get a pack of Salem Lights and the woman does a double take at me to double check my age, so I lean across the counter and say, "Look I'll give you five bucks if you don't ID me".
  • Mike looked at it, did a double take, and goggled his eyes.
  • She glanced up, did a double take and then realised it was me. Times, Sunday Times
  • I said, Ah! Then I did a quick double take, and added, What reporter?
  • He plays innocent puppy passion perfectly and actually makes you feel Tom's pain without relying on a pratfall or incredibly idiotic double take.
  • She is an endless delight, with her humorous, homely, mobile face; she's terrific at mugging and double takes.
  • He does a double take, as he notices that the saucer is extremely old and very valuable. The Art Collector
  • That seemed reasonable at first pass, but then I did a bit of a double take: What would it mean, exactly, to “act as if determinism is true”? What Would a Determinist Choose to Do?
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