catch (someone) by surprise

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catch (someone) by surprise

To startle, amaze, or come upon (someone) 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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She didn't want it to catch us by surprise," he said.
A bit like a one-off storm, surges of illnesses such measles and mumps rear their heads at infrequent intervals and catch us by surprise.
Don't get caught out by the heat I'M sure we all love the sunshine, but I'd like to remind your readers about the importance of being ready for the summer heat as it can catch us by surprise.
What we will see from September onwards in Turkey may, if we are still optimists, again catch us by surprise since the AKP cabinet has always had the potential of pushing forward.
The change did catch us by surprise, but we are not disappointed as it means we now have more time to research possible locations and to make our application even stronger.
Like most of the problems that matter, Jared Loughner didn't sneak up on us and catch us by surprise.
Not only did our lives begin as accidents, but some of the most memorable and remarkable things catch us by surprise.
We knew that it was there in the calendar, so the game won't catch us by surprise.