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(especially as a comic technique) an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising:‘the goofy script and flat characters would never fly without all the spit takes and pratfalls’‘If I'd been drinking something when she said that, I'd have done a spit take’
- ‘He jokingly did a spit take with his food and then he said, 'Be careful.'’
- ‘Dino takes a sip of the apple juice and does a spit take.’
- ‘I did a spit take.’
- ‘There's also the likelihood he won't be able to practice on any day after a game this year, a potentiality that would make the coach do a spit take with his Diet Coke.’
- ‘Surely there are scenes when another actor makes them do a spit take.’
- ‘If ever real life required a sitcom-style 'spit take'...’
- ‘It was amazing that neither he nor Denny were hit by Richard's spit take.’
- ‘I almost did a spit take.’
- ‘Well, this morning I had an honest-to-God spit take - cereal and milk all over the editorial page.’
- ‘A true spit take these days is rare; usually it's done as an ironic gag, an attempt to channel old-style Jerry Lewis hackwork shtick.’
- ‘I can still see the look on his face as he nearly did a spit take with his Martini.’
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