catch (someone) by surprise

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catch (someone) by surprise

To startle, amaze, or come upon (someone) unawares. That car coming around the corner caught me by surprise. She was caught completely by surprise with the amount of donations she received. Don't let hidden bank fees catch you by surprise.
See also: catch, surprise
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The 21-year-old pop star kissed Perry only for a second but seemed to catch her by surprise.