catch/take by surprise

catch/take by surprise
catch/take (someone or something) by surprise
1 : to happen to (someone or something) unexpectedly : to surprise (someone or something)

The question caught him by surprise.

The organization was taken completely by surprise by the announcement.

2 : to attack, capture, or approach (someone or something) without warning

The enemy troops took us completely by surprise.

Photographers caught the couple by surprise as they were leaving a restaurant.

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Main Entry:surprise

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  • take 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 …   Useful english dictionary

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