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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figure By WANDERI KAMAU Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has said that he was not aware of the March 9 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.In an interview with NTV on Sunday, Mr Mudavadi said that the pact between the two leaders caught him by surprise.
"Joe said to me the first caught him by surprise but that the second one I couldn't have hit any better and that it was a great free-kick."
He is also well known at Wear Valley Amateur Swimming Club and North East Water Polo and, despite having received recognition before, he claimed its national scale caught him by surprise.
Macauley concedes the direct football in non-league's third tier may have "caught him by may have "caught him by surprise".
Stanishev admitted that Thursday's demand of Lyutvi Mestan, leader of the junior coalition partner Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) for early elections either by the end of this year, this time next year or in the autumn of 2015, caught him by surprise.
Following Australia regaining the Ashes in Perth, Sutherland said that Lehmann's steadfast trust in his team and methods after a humiliating 347-run loss at Lord's in July's second Test had pleasantly caught him by surprise, adding that he was touched by Lehmann's knowledge or belief that success would come despite the suffering times.
Naturally describing himself as "ecstatic", Hamilton concedes the feat is one that caught him by surprise as he was not expecting it to come so quickly following his switch to Mercedes.
"Unfortunately the animal caught him by surprise and gored him.
The date has been common knowledge and promoted for many months so it's not as if it caught him by surprise. Did he consider this and put this information on his website?
IRVINE MEADOW boss Chris Strain admits the physical presence of the Forres players caught him by surprise in last weekend's Scottish Cup tie.
s "It wasn't a great experience for me but now I know what international level is like and I am hoping to show against Argentina what I can do." Despite having his brother Delon alongside him as a guiding hand, Armitage admitted the size of international rugby caught him by surprise.
ANDREW Trimble admits his acceleration through the Ireland ranks has caught him by surprise -but his exposure to Test rugby has left him craving more.
Josh told KCBD News Channel 11, "We caught him by surprise and he jumped in his truck and started the ignition." Responding quickly, the elder Rowin shot out one of the rear tires and entered the truck from the passenger side while Josh got the key out of the truck.
Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren believes his side last night put themselves on the European map with a 'perfect' performance which even caught him by surprise. Boro dominated their more illustrious opponents from virtually start to finish to sweep their way back to the top of Uefa Cup Group E and move within touching distance of a place in the last 32 knockout phase.
I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say Donald's cancer caught him by surprise and he deteriorated rapidly.