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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.
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.
Even those of a less-religious shade are taken aback by talk considered tawdry in Egypt's deeply conservative society.
Thomas Embrogno, president and chief operating officer of MGGA, stated, "Although we are taken aback by this recent development, we are confident that current business operations will not be adversely impacted by the re-audit.