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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Zhorina Aldana, Bulacan director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said the foreclosure caught her by surprise. She said it may affect micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses which availed themselves of DTI-sponsored programs through the CRBB.
"I believe in God and I think that was a sign saying things will get better.'' The image has generated many comments on the internet, and the jeering tone of many has caught her by surprise.
One said: "The woman didn't expect to go into labour - it caught her by surprise when she was on the tour.
One onlooker said: "Brittany looked like she was having great fun with the puppy, but I think it caught her by surprise when it lunged for her face."