caught unawares

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caught unawares

To be surprised by someone or something. A: "Oh man, I was totally caught unawares when your mother showed up here this morning." B: "I figured as much when she told me that you answered the door in your robe and curlers!"
See also: caught, unawares

caught unaware(s)

surprised and unprepared. Sorry. You startled me when you came up behind me. I was caught unaware. The clerk was caught unawares, and the robber emptied out the cash register before the clerk could sound the alarm.
See also: caught, unaware

catch/take somebody unaˈwares

surprise somebody; do something when somebody does not expect it: Her sudden refusal took me unawares.You caught us unawares by coming so early.
References in classic literature ?
And he had been indeed caught unawares, and at the first moment when she spoke to him of her position, his heart had prompted him to beg her to leave her husband.
Captain Jones - let us call him Jones - had been caught unawares.
Lop-Ear, caught unawares, also hastily reversed, but did not win the protection of the trunk until after the Fire-Man had twanged the bow.
The infantry regiments that had been caught unawares in the outskirts of the wood ran out of it, the different companies getting mixed, and retreated as a disorderly crowd.
Tarzan and Numa passed between them but neither the great black-maned lion nor the man failed to keep an eye upon the beast nearer him so that they were not caught unawares when, as though at some preconcerted signal, the two cats charged simultaneously from opposite directions.
During his brief stay at Foggy Bottom, Tillerson frequently found himself out of the loop and caught unawares by policy shifts announced in Trump tweets.
This abject being caught unawares like clockwork is a national shame that must end.
He added that even if they do turn up, they are usually caught unawares.
The woman, Shabnam, said on Monday that she was caught unawares when she received the divorce papers on Rs.
All these preparations, he said, showed the party would not be caught unawares if elections were 'imposed' despite its efforts to complete the term in power.
Militants had stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar and opened fire on unarmed and innocent children who were caught unawares.
Thanks to the start-to-finish transparency of the recruitment procedure, that begins with a model employment contract to be accredited by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, workers will be armed with every bit of information on their duties and rights before they cross their national borders, rather than be caught unawares after they arrive, as was the case sometimes.
Still, some regular public transport riders were caught unawares on Friday, like Filipino expat Martin Ganaganag.
It also caught unawares some rebels who said they have no intention of joining the new state.
It was not the first time a trucker has been caught unawares by the bridge.