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a double take

The act of looking twice due to surprise or disbelief. Everyone did a double take 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. I did a double take when I saw my old high school science teacher at the grocery store.
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double take

n. a surprised second look at something. Fred did a double take, then recognized Britney.
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