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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If (a 45 mph gust) caught you by surprise it could shift you over about a foot,'' Soto said, noting that the Santa Anas can be deceiving by slacking off and then whipping up suddenly.