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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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.
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.
IRVINE MEADOW boss Chris Strain admits the physical presence of the Forres players caught him by surprise in last weekend's Scottish Cup tie.
Despite having his brother Delon alongside him as a guiding hand, Armitage admitted the size of international rugby caught him by surprise.
And Murray admitted Melzer's strong start had caught him by surprise.
Josh told KCBD News Channel 11, "We caught him by surprise and he jumped in his truck and started the ignition.
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.
Parks acknowledged that many of the issues caught him by surprise because he is new to elective politics.
I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say Donald's cancer caught him by surprise and he deteriorated rapidly.
But he said news of the crisis at Rover had caught him by surprise.
An Italian nobleman from the far northwest of the country; he served the French monarchs Charles VIII and Louis XII; succeeded Gonzago, Marquis of Mantua, as commander of the French army in southern Italy, when Gonzago fell ill and left for home; lulled by a three-month stalemate along the Garigliano River with the Spanish army of Gonzalo de Cordoba, Saluzzo grew careless, and Gonzalo's surprise attack in the midst of very bad weather caught him by surprise (December 29, 1503); routed, he drew some of his army into the small nearby fortress of Gaeta, but was soon compelled to surrender (January 1, 1504); retired to Genoa, where he was stricken with the malaria which had killed many of his men; died there (February?