double take


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double take

n. a surprised second look at something. Fred did a double take, then recognized Britney.
See also: double, take
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Operating System-Level Support -- Operating at the OS-level, Double Take provides customers with true fault-tolerance by backing up data at the application level, ensuring data integrity and uninterrupted system availability.
Chuchman shaped the long phrases with elegance, and ran freely through the complex roulades--all the while managing perfect comic double takes.
When you watch Laurie in ``Fry and Laurie,'' you see the actor using some similar facial mannerisms and double takes that have become familiar on the Fox show.
An onlooker said: "Jen's got a cracking figure and was really showing it off when she hit the shops - but the furry thing got her a few double takes for all the wrong reasons.
We wait for their audiences to realize something is amiss, turning typical cut-away shots into documentary double takes.
The white Starbucks-sippers who normally fill this artsy neighborhood do double takes as older men in neatly pressed suits, young women in Mango Tribe T-shirts and hip-hop Sikh boys rocking Million Youth March gear fill the street, lining up early for the premier of Ali Kazimi's long-awaited documentary, Continuous Journey.
Still, maybe Roys of Wroxham staff felt compelled to stock the fruit because they couldn't resist witnessing so many shoppers doing double takes.
This mischievous play on the F word (pardon my French indeed) resulted in much pursing of lips among the blue rinses and instant brand recognition among the clothing chain's target market, who delighted at the double takes as people peered at their T-shirt fronts to see if the logo really said what they thought it did.