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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But if you are caught by surprise and the blow lands flush on the chin, it would probably break your jaw for starters - it would be like whipping a daffodil and cracking the stem.
The snowstorm caught by surprise a San Bernardino man and five children who had gone hiking in the upper reaches of the Angeles National Forest.
I was certainly caught by surprise,'' said board member David Pollock.
When she was contacted, she was absolutely caught by surprise,'' Tarzana lawyer Russell Behjatnia said.
Peers and royal watchers were caught by surprise as word of the queen's view emerged with none of the drama one might expect of an edict changing 800 years of royal practice.
Outside Kensington Palace, people were caught by surprise by the unannounced appearance of Charles and the young princes.
We were caught by surprise as well,'' said Clara Potes-Fellow, an Edison spokeswoman.
IRISH Ferries was caught by surprise yesterday when a strike by catering staff left about 300 passengers stranded overnight.
Now dismayed Labour chiefs - caught by surprise by the decision - are considering an appeal.
Add Hart: Herrington was caught by surprise at the Southern Section championship-week luncheon on Monday when emcee Jim Watson of Fox Sports Net 2 announced the Hart-Mira Costa final would be televised live and would start a half hour early at 7 p.
I think last year they were caught by surprise by what happened,'' he said.
TONY Blair was caught by surprise yesterday on his visit to America as doubts emerged over US plans for a star wars missile shield.
The new voters visiting these centres were caught by surprise when they found them closed.
Lagarde said that emerging markets would be caught by surprise because of the speed of events following a rate increase by the US.
BJP MP from Bihar Chhedi Paswan and BJP MP from Gujarat Mansukhbhai Vasava were caught by surprise when Modi walked into the dining hall and sat beside them.