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spit take

or spit-take

[ spit-teyk ]
/ ˈspɪtˌteɪk /
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noun

(in comedy) a sight gag in which an actor or comedian demonstrates surprise while drinking something by expelling a mouthful of the beverage in an exaggerated spray of liquid.

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Origin of spit take

First recorded in 2000–05; spit1 (in the sense “to eject from the mouth” + take (in the sense “physical response expressing total wonderment”), on the model of double take
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