be caught off (one's) guard

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be caught off (one's) guard

To be taken by surprise; to be caught when one is vulnerable, careless, or inattentive. We'll wait until he's caught off guard, and then we'll take him and his company for all they're worth! Don't be caught off your guard. There are a lot of suspicious characters around here.
See also: caught, guard, off
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CARTOONIST Ken Wilkins sees the funny side of a story in the Telegraph about Warwickshire police being forced to make changes to the way they deal with travellers after being caught off guard by a record number of illegal camps.
That way, the reporter won't be caught off guard when a story hits.
NFL officials were caught off guard by the Coliseum Commission's change in tact.
RECENTLY WHILE DOING SOME RESEARCH for a story, I was caught off guard when I found a web log purportedly written by Philip Eaton, president of Seattle Pacific University (Wash.
In a section entitled "Operation Germ Evasion," the authors provide a list of suggested responses that germ freaks should memorize, so they won't be caught off guard at a party when faced with ignorant comments from non-germ freaks.
However, suppliers are not being caught off guard by a sharply higher buying level, which should keep supply and demand in better balance.
Larry is caught off guard by these changes, as well as by changes in himself.
Villagers, who were caught off guard, fled their homes, but later returned with drums and firecrackers to scare off the herd of around six elephants.
NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to your favorite icons, there are those who make you sweat, and those that never seem to get caught off guard.
She remained in power for the next four years she remained, but was blamed for being caught off guard when war broke out between Israeli and Arab forces in 1973 and resigned in April 1974, dying four years later.
Nothing is worse than having a reference being caught off guard.
Masters, caught off guard, were unceremoniously killed, sugarcane fields set afire, and one plantation after another, destroyed.
Don't be caught off guard by the fact that ongoing fees are necessary in real estate investments.
Both the city and the school district, which have operated with structurally unbalanced budgets for years, were caught off guard when the state was unable to provide its traditional level of support.