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.
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They're coming down to our place and they're probably not knowing much about us so we're hoping to catch them by surprise.
We have a good work ethic and know what to expect, so hopefully we can start off with a bang and catch them by surprise.
Whether an earthquake, a flood, a blackout or a hard disk failure should catch them by surprise, these backups would ensure the survival of their information.