not prepared or vigilant

the blow caught him napping


caught in an off-guard moment


found him off his guard

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  • napping — (n.) action of sleeping, O.E. hneappunge, verbal noun from NAP (Cf. nap) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Napping — Nap Nap (n[a^]p), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Napped} (n[a^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Napping} (n[a^]p p[i^]ng).] [OE. nappen, AS. hn[ae]ppian to take a nap, to slumber; cf. AS. hnipian to bend one s self, Icel. hnipna, hn[=i]pa, to droop.] 1. To have a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • napping — Synonyms and related words: a stranger to, absent, absentminded, absorbed, abstracted, anesthetized, asleep, bemused, blind to, castle building, cataleptic, caught napping, comatose, daydreaming, daydreamy, dead to, deaf to, doped, dozy, dreaming …   Moby Thesaurus

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  • napping — sb. == sleep. Ps. lxxv. 6. AS. hnæppung …   Oldest English Words

  • napping — næp n. light sleep, short sleep (usually during the day) n. soft fibrous surface of a fabric that usually lies in one direction; soft superficial texture of a piece leather v. doze, sleep lightly (during the day); act recklessly; be unprepared v …   English contemporary dictionary

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