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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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It is learnt that many filmmakers approaching him are taken aback by the sudden hike in his fees and he is losing out on film projects.
So when they see a big dairy they are taken aback. That's why the Krafts work hard to make the environment pleasing to their neighbors.
People are taken aback because one minute we're a loving couple, the next we have a huge argument - like I said too similar!"
Then, when I add that shipments are not touching military hands until arriving in Afghanistan, people are taken aback. Those of us who have been around the military for a decade or two have heard naysayers question whether industry would follow us into war zones.