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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One said: "The woman didn't expect to go into labour - it caught her by surprise when she was on the tour.
24, during ceremonies that also recognized Linda as the North County Volunteer of the Year, an honor that caught her by surprise.
One onlooker said: "Brittany looked like she was having great fun with the puppy, but I think it caught her by surprise when it lunged for her face.
Ina said skating seven minutes earlier caught her by surprise.