Definition of spit take in 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’
    • ‘It was amazing that neither he nor Denny were hit by Richard's spit take.’
    • ‘I can still see the look on his face as he nearly did a spit take with his Martini.’
    • ‘Dino takes a sip of the apple juice and does a spit take.’
    • ‘Surely there are scenes when another actor makes them do a spit take.’
    • ‘If ever real life required a sitcom-style 'spit take'...’
    • ‘Well, this morning I had an honest-to-God spit take - cereal and milk all over the editorial page.’
    • ‘I did a spit take.’
    • ‘He jokingly did a spit take with his food and then he said, 'Be careful.'’
    • ‘I almost 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.’
    • ‘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.’