be taken by surprise

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be taken by surprise

To be happened upon when one is not ready, prepared, or on guard; to be shocked or startled by someone or something. I was taken completely by surprise when you showed up at my office this afternoon for lunch. I wish you would have called ahead! The enemy encampment was taken by surprise when our troops descended upon them just before daybreak.
See also: surprise, taken
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But last Tuesday those behind the Irish challenge were taken by surprise when they learned a team in Worcestershire in the UK had lined up 15,534 teddies - nearly quadruple the previous record.
She said she was taken by surprise again as he put Dh1,000 in her hand telling her to buy some medicines.
HIBERNIAN have welcomed a U-turn over the scheduling of the Scottish Championship finale - but are baffled as to why league bosses were taken by surprise by the furore sparked by moving Rangers' trip to Tynecastle.
St Mary's Ince Blundell took a 3-0 lead against cup double winners St Elizabeth's only to be taken by surprise.
You get taken by surprise, when your turn actually comes, she explained.
The driver of the school bus was taken by surprise when the other vehicle came in front of him all of a sudden.
Gary Neville and Terry Venables have also hit out at the delay and Arsenal boss Wenger said: "I think they have been taken by surprise a bit with Capello going.
I don't know their plan completely, I think they have been taken by surprise a bit with Capello going," said Wenger.
AN NAHAR said that Khanjar and his partner were taken by surprise by a security patrol after they stole a car belonging to Suzan Jebara in the Bekaa Valley.
said she was taken by surprise as one of the defendants posed as a policeman
PROUD Bangor City manager Neville Powell admits he was totally taken by surprise after being honoured for his services to Welsh football this week.
Catharines, ON, was taken by surprise on April 7, 2010, by the resignation of Bishop James Wingle.
His family were forced to hide and he was taken by surprise when he arrived.
Economists, who had predicted a rise for the sector in May, were taken by surprise by the figures.
Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, was taken by surprise by the timing of the invasion, codenamed Operation Barbarossa.