catch (one) by surprise

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catch (one) by surprise

To startle, amaze, or come upon one unawares. That car coming around the corner caught me by surprise. She was caught completely by surprise with the amount of donations she received. Don't let hidden bank fees catch you by surprise.
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Amla completed his 41st test half century before perishing to a ball that found a crack and reared up to catch him by surprise.Vernon Philander was trapped leg before wicket by a yorker from Mohammad Amir for 14 after helping to add to a total of 97 runs in the session at a brisk run rate of just under four per over.
"The furore that developed as a result of the revelations seemed to catch him by surprise."