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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This pulsing attention must present an evolutionary advantage, the researchers suggest, perhaps because focusing too intently on one subject could allow a threat to catch us by surprise.
"I wanted to get a sense as to whether this is going to turn into a bigger deal and catch us by surprise," said Buckingham Research Group analyst Amit Kumar, who asked about the issue during W.R.
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. We saw him coming and didn't do anything about it.
Not only did our lives begin as accidents, but some of the most memorable and remarkable things catch us by surprise. The sperm that hit the ovum and became me was a lucky hit.
"We knew that it was there in the calendar, so the game won't catch us by surprise. We've known about it for a long time.
'We haven't come across any in Birmingham but if they do we won't let it catch us by surprise.'