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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We've never had electrical problems before so the fire caught us by surprise," Mr Ahmed told the GDN.
The] floods caught us by surprise,' said local artist Apo Gonzales, whose art collection was damaged by the floods.
When I walked in at half-time I never thought the game was in doubt so it caught us by surprise.
Queens boss Naysmith said: "When I walked in at half-time I never thought the game was in doubt so it caught us by surprise.
Our leading Page 1 story caught us by surprise and--I have to admit --a bit off-guard.
It was slow and sporadic at first and caught us by surprise, but in 2015 we welcomed the arrival of our first tweenager.
Coral's Nicola McGeady said: "This recent gamble on the queen's future has caught us by surprise.
But one home in the list owned by an Indian tycoon caught us by surprise.
It was an unexpected occurrence that caught us by surprise," said a spokesperson from GEMS Education.
It caught us by surprise - and we were not able to counteract it, or come up with a gameplan against it.
Why it caught us by surprise is that coffee leaf rust became present in higher elevations," said Barrios.
On Bahrain, he noted that the emergency debate in the European Parliament last week "also caught us by surprise.
This news also caught us by surprise because earlier Samsung had appeared to show a lot of confidence in Tizen, stating in January, "We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the line-up depending on market conditions.
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