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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In the eyes of the audience this apparent impromptu was always the ultimate scream, and the laughter and applause would compel the curtain up again to reveal Duckworth and an assistant stage-hand, as if caught by surprise, fanning the two belligerents with towels.
Therefore opening the door of my sitting-room quickly I caught by surprise the person who was in there watching the street half concealed by the window curtain.
Resident Nenita Revilla said they were caught by surprise when huge waves struck the village at 6 a.m., as it was not raining and the weather was calm.
"In recent days, we'd come to terms with the possibility of a "no deal;" announcement, but we were caught by surprise by CARS' significantly weaker financial forecast this morning," White wrote in a note.
The target of the sting was a certain Marianne Salas, also known as Madonna, so police were caught by surprise that one of the arrested suspects introduced himself as a policeman, according to Valenzuela police drug enforcement unit chief Capt.
However, most were caught by surprise when the 6-foot-9 forward announced he was moving to the Brooklyn Nets starting next season where he will be joining forces with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan.
Alcala police Chief Master Sergeant Marcos Bautista said they are always caught by surprise whenever a hot air balloon lands in their town because they were not informed about its arrival.
Locals claimed they were caught by surprise in the demolition of more than 100 houses along Nyakomisaro river.
Nevertheless, the family was caught by surprise today when Israeli forces accompanied a bulldozer to its house and started to demolish it.
On what was his 175th Guinness PRO14 game as referee, Owens was caught by surprise when the ball came straight to him from Ospreys replacement Sam Davies .
They were caught by surprise when they realised that there was no mud under the road at that point.
She said the encroachers were given notice to vacate but the tenants said said they were 'caught by surprise.'
Geras president Abu Bakar Mohamed said its rally today was only to demand justice for the late firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, and he was caught by surprise by the remark made by the president of its fellow pro-Malay group Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM).
According to a source at MIAP, some 40 passengers of PK-716, which came from Madina, upon landing were caught by surprise that their luggage was missing.
"Both sides were caught by surprise and that is what happened, there was an encounter,"Magaway said.