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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It does catch you by surprise," agreed Gregg Glaser, "but it really wakes up your taste-buds.
Don't let the lingering affects of winter or unexpected weather catch you by surprise.