catch someone unawares

catch someone unawares
catch/take/someone unawares phrase
to surprise someone, often making them feel confused or embarrassed

Burchill’s shot caught the goalkeeper completely unawares.

Thesaurus: to make someone feel shocked or surprisedsynonym
Main entry: unawares

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catch (or take) someone unawares
take someone by surprise

this morning she caught me unawares before I'd had a single cup of coffee


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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