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taken aback

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.
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taken aback

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.
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be taken aˈback (by somebody/something)

be shocked or surprised by somebody/something: She was completely taken aback by his anger.
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While thats not surprising, I am taken aback by how many ankle and wrist fractures I treat from people slipping and sliding.
As the person who planned those initial orbit-insertion ring images, which remained our most detailed view of the rings for the past 13 years, I am taken aback by how vastly improved are the details in this new collection," Carolyn Porco, Cassini's imaging lead at the Space Science Institute based in Colorado, said.
So I am taken aback by allegations, about which I knew nothing.
I am taken aback by the news of my car being confiscated.
But frankly I am taken aback at Daniel O'Donnell's decision to publicly defend Cliff Richard while police investigate an allegation of historic abuse against a boy under 16, a claim Richard says is "completely false".
I am taken aback that some of these projects are still available to work on - I would have thought suppliers all over the UK would have jumped at the chance to sign up to work on a project such as flood defences with a given budget of more than PS250,000 allocated.
I am taken aback by the grand welcome that we got here from the locals.
I have never trusted the EU and have often complained of a lack of democracy, but even I am taken aback at the confiscation of private money in Cyprus.
I am taken aback at the denial of history and the enormous resistance to having an open dialogue on the subject.
I am taken aback when I realise that I have been a vet now for a quarter of a century.
I am taken aback by all the letters to the editor, editorials and opinion pieces supporting "experienced" or "career" politicians, claiming that in these times of great uncertainty it is better to stick with what we know.
IT takes an awful lot for somebody else's choice of words to offend me but sometimes even I am taken aback by their insensitivity.
Liverpool black cab chairman David Bentley said: "Every year I am taken aback by the children's smiles as they experience the thrills, smells and sounds of Pleasureland.
I am taken aback that the Today programme have chosen to make a letter which was not for publication public.