double take

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or double take (dŭb′əl-tēm′)
A delayed reaction to an unusual remark or circumstance after first either failing to notice anything unusual or reacting inappropriately, often performed as a comic device: "'Something's fishy,' Vidhu said again, with such a showboating shake of his head that I did a double take as I realized: he had some kind of inside scoop" (Katherine Russell Rich).

double take

(Theatre) (esp in comedy) a delayed reaction by a person to a remark, situation, etc

dou′ble take′

a surprised delayed response, as to a person not recognized or a situation not grasped the first time.
[1935–40, Amer.]
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Noun1.double take - a delayed reaction indicating surprise
response, reaction - a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent; "a bad reaction to the medicine"; "his responses have slowed with age"

double take

n to do a double take (fig) → reagire a scoppio ritardato
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