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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THE late Lynda Bellingham's widower has said how the public grief for his wife has caught him by surprise.
Unfortunately the animal caught him by surprise and gored him.
IRVINE MEADOW boss Chris Strain admits the physical presence of the Forres players caught him by surprise in last weekend's Scottish Cup tie.
Despite having his brother Delon alongside him as a guiding hand, Armitage admitted the size of international rugby caught him by surprise.
And Murray admitted Melzer's strong start had caught him by surprise.
ANDREW Trimble admits his acceleration through the Ireland ranks has caught him by surprise -but his exposure to Test rugby has left him craving more.
Josh told KCBD News Channel 11, "We caught him by surprise and he jumped in his truck and started the ignition.
Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren believes his side last night put themselves on the European map with a 'perfect' performance which even caught him by surprise.
Parks acknowledged that many of the issues caught him by surprise because he is new to elective politics.
I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say Donald's cancer caught him by surprise and he deteriorated rapidly.
But he said news of the crisis at Rover had caught him by surprise.
TWO lambs have been born three months early at Roy Smith's smallholding - and caught him by surprise.
MIDDLESBROUGH manager Steve McClaren believes his side last night put themselves on the European map with a ``perfect'' performance which even caught him by surprise.
Sybert said Gelman's candidacy caught him by surprise, because Gelman had walked precincts on his behalf in 1994.
Eriksson said recently the rivalry between England and Australia had caught him by surprise and admitted he would not have agreed to the friendly had he known it was going to be so competitive.