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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"The move has caught us by surprise as we did not anticipate this," said a tenant who requested not to be identified.
"It was tough, the first 15 they caught us by surprise with the way they played, we didn't know too much about them."
"This has caught us by surprise. We are feeling so low in our spirits and we feel left out.
"Tata caught us by surprise a lot and we weren't able to adapt to that as much as we would have liked to.
The lessons learned from Hurricane Michael will go into our disaster plan manual with a review of what worked, what didn't, what we planned for and what caught us by surprise and compelled us to find a solution amidst the wreckage of an historic storm.
'The announcement directing oil companies to make available again the 20-year Euro 2 compliant diesel caught us by surprise,' said IPPCA President Bong Suntay in a text message.
The dusky pink chocolate looked intriguing and as we took our first bite, the tangy berry taste caught us by surprise. While the long-lasting raspberry flavour was delicious and not overly sweet, the signature wafer was too thinly coated.
The dusky pink chocolate looked intriguing and as we took our first bite the tangy berry taste caught us by surprise.
"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.
But one home in the list owned by an Indian tycoon caught us by surprise. It's located in the middle of impoverished Mumbai neighborhood, yet it managed to snatch the third spot for sheer structural size and complexity.