surprise (one) by (doing) (something)

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surprise (one) by (doing) (something)

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

to astonish someone by doing or being something. You surprised me by your forthrightness. No one was surprised by the way it happened.
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Okay, so occasionally they can surprise us by doing something different - I'm thinking of the transformation of the Mercedes A-Class and the avant garde BMW 7 Series of a few years back - but essentially they stick to a design blueprint that is a tried and tested winning formula.
Maybe the royal couple will surprise us by doing their wedding shopping at Debenhams?
RARELY DOES THE GENERAL Assembly surprise us by doing the right thing, but this past week shows us that the legislators can do it.