do a double take

do a double take

To look twice due to surprise or disbelief. Everyone gaped at his shiny new sports car as he drove by. Men and women alike did a double take when they saw him in his tuxedo.
See also: double, take

do a double take

to react with surprise; to have to look twice to make sure that one really saw correctly. When the boy led a goat into the park, everyone did a double take. When the nurse saw that the man had six toes, she did a double take.
See also: double, take

do a ˌdouble ˈtake

react to something surprising or unusual only after a short delay: I had to do a double take when she walked in — she looked exactly like her mother!
See also: double, take
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