Were taken aback - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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Startled, astonished, shocked, or disconcerted. All of us were a bit taken aback to learn that John was moving to England next month. I must admit that I was taken aback when I heard we weren't receiving our bonuses this year.
Cliché surprised and confused. When Mary told me the news, I was taken aback for a moment. When I told my parents I was married, they were completely taken aback.
be taken aˈback (by somebody/something) be shocked or surprised by somebody/something: She was completely taken aback by his anger.
References in periodicals archive
My friends and I were taken aback
when one of our number was refused entry on the basis that domestic staff are not entitled to enter.
We were taken aback
by the response of pounds 1,260.
But in September, some EU members were taken aback
when Erdogan announced his support for a law decriminalizing adultery.
When my aunt and uncle came to Los Angeles for my mother's funeral, we were taken aback
when they expressed a desire to see the magnificent cathedral of a large archdiocese.