be taken aback
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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.
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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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