be caught off (one's) guard

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be caught off (one's) guard

To be taken by surprise; to be caught when one is vulnerable, careless, or inattentive. We'll wait until he's caught off guard, and then we'll take him and his company for all they're worth! Don't be caught off your guard. There are a lot of suspicious characters around here.
See also: caught, guard, off
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Perry was caught off guard in New York after knocking two-tenths of a second off her career-best 12.
Before long, of course, the computer giant was caught off guard by the shift to PCs and networks - and it took a new CEO and a couple of years to get the company back on track.