surprise (one) with (something)

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surprise (one) with (something)

To shock, amaze, or astonish one by demonstrating something or presenting one with something. I must say, he surprised me with his honesty. I thought for sure he'd try to deny it or weasel his way out of a punishment. The kids surprised me with breakfast in bed for my birthday.
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surprise someone with something

to astonish someone by presenting or showing something. I surprised her with a bouquet of roses. He surprised Roger with a new car.
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Chief executive of The Football Pools, Derek Lloyd, said: "It's exciting to have a big local winner and always a pleasure to surprise someone with news of a big win when they haven't checked the results, but we always do.
Derek Lloyd, Chief Executive of The Football Pools, said: "It's exciting to have a big local winner and always a pleasure to surprise someone with news of big win when they haven't checked the results, but we always do.
Donations in Jimmy's memory may be made to the charity that means the most to you or surprise someone with an unexpected handshake, smile or both.
Treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike or stair stepper, before you surprise someone with a big-ticket item, make sure it's one they'll use, advises Jessica Matthews of the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
In terms of a discussion you might surprise someone with the force of your argument and be very combative.
Spencer points out if you do surprise someone with an instrument from Guitar Center and if it doesn't work out for the recipient, that person can exchange it for up to a month after Christmas.
HOW: Surprise someone with a real gem instead of a trick!
A HOME-created card is a delightful way to surprise someone with a greeting that is personalised, totally unique and costing a fraction of the prices charged in the shops.