Definition of spit take in US English:

spit take


  • (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’
    ‘if I'd been drinking something when she said that, I'd have done a spit take’
    • ‘I can still see the look on his face as he nearly did a spit take with his Martini.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dino takes a sip of the apple juice and does a spit take.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, this morning I had an honest-to-God spit take - cereal and milk all over the editorial page.’
    • ‘Surely there are scenes when another actor makes them do a spit take.’
    • ‘He jokingly did a spit take with his food and then he said, 'Be careful.'’
    • ‘I almost did a spit take.’
    • ‘I did a spit take.’