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be in for a surprise

To be guaranteed to receive or experience an unexpected outcome, especially a negative one. If you think being a parent is easy, then you're in for a surprise!
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be taken by surprise

To be happened upon when one is not ready, prepared, or on guard; to be shocked or startled by someone or something. I was taken completely by surprise when you showed up at my office this afternoon for lunch. I wish you would have called ahead! The enemy encampment was taken by surprise when our troops descended upon them just before daybreak.
See also: by, surprise, taken

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.
See also: by, catch, surprise

come as no surprise

To be completely unsurprising. Considering how much they had been fighting lately, their break-up came as no surprise. If you didn't study for that test at all, your failing grade should come as no surprise.
See also: come, no, surprise

element of surprise

A method of stealth or secrecy employed to catch someone off-guard. I'll get mom to let me stay out till midnight, but I can't ask her now, when she's expecting it—I need the element of surprise. The fish camouflages itself and disappears onto the ocean floor, relying on the element of surprise to catch its prey.
See also: element, of, surprise

I'm not surprised

Said when something seems believable or logical. Paulina's learning Italian now? I'm not surprised—she's always had a passion for languages. Well, I'm not surprised you slept past noon if you went to bed at four in the morning!
See also: not, surprise

in (some kind of) fashion

In a certain manner or kind of way (of doing something). Last week, in a rather surprising fashion, the usually conservative tech company announced it would be opening up its source code to allow aspiring programmers to rework their popular web browser in new and innovative ways. The team won the championship in dramatic fashion, scoring in the final seconds of the game.
See also: fashion, kind

quelle surprise

A French phrase that means "what a surprise." Often said sarcastically. A: "Ruth isn't coming tonight? Quelle surprise." B: "I know, she's ditched us at the last minute once again."
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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.
See also: by, surprise

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, surprise

Said ironically of or in a situation in which something very predictable has happened. A: "I somehow managed to break yet another phone!" B: "Surprise, surprise! How many does that make it this year?" I was telling Sarah about going to the movies with my friend Jess, and surprise, surprise, she launched into another fit of jealousy.
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take (one) by surprise

To encounter or otherwise engage something or someone who is not prepared or on guard; to shock or startle someone or something by one's sudden appearance or action. You took me by surprise when you showed up at my office with flowers this afternoon! Our soldiers descended upon the enemy encampment just before daybreak and took their troops entirely by surprise.
See also: by, surprise, take

come as no surprise

will not be surprising [for someone] to learn [something]. It will come as no surprise for you to learn that the company is losing money this year. It came as no surprise that the president had been lying.
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I'm not surprised.

 and I don't wonder.
It is not surprising.; It should not surprise anyone. Mary: All this talk about war has my cousin very worried. Sue: No doubt. At his age, I don't wonder. John: All of the better-looking ones sold out right away. Jane: I'm not surprised.
See also: not, surprise

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.
See also: by, surprise

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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take someone by surprise

 and catch someone by surprise
to startle someone; to surprise someone with something unexpected. Oh! You took me by surprise because I didn't hear you come in. Bill caught his mother by surprise by coming to the door and pretending to be selling something.
See also: by, surprise, take

take someone or something by surprise

to startle or surprise someone or something. She bolted into the room and took them by surprise. I took the little bird by surprise, and it flew away.
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take by surprise

Encounter unexpectedly, as in The rainshower took us by surprise. [Late 1600s]
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surˌprise, surˈprise

(spoken, ironic) used when you are not surprised about something: ‘There’s nothing worth watching on TV tonight.’ ‘Surprise, surprise’ (= there is usually nothing worth watching).
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take somebody by surˈprise

happen to somebody unexpectedly; surprise somebody: His decision to retire took us all by surprise.
See also: by, somebody, surprise, take
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And I wasn't in the least surprised to hear drunken England fans, many as old as your grandad, claim with safety in numbers that their host city was "theirs", abuse locals with racist and sexist chants, sing pathetic songs about old wars, lash beer bottles at the police, then whinge when they overreact.
In the end of the six exhibitions of the video, all participants filled out a semantic differential scale, being -4 = negatively surprised and +4 = positively surprised, to measure how surprised they felt when unexpected events occurred in the purchased video.
"I can only imagine their manager was surprised. Their staff were certainly surprised.
I was surprised some more when your reporter wrote that "a pile of beautifully decorated cup cakes really gets my pulse racing".
Mary conceived and birthed Jesus, and it would be an understatement to say that she was surprised, not to mention Joseph and both of their families.
If nothing else, this stunt has surprised the opposition and caused minimal damage by taking some of the 10 seconds that the opposition had to advance the ball downcourt.
Along similar lines, Hugh Blair discriminates among a cluster of affective terms sometimes used in interchangeable ways: "I am surprised with what is new and unexpected; I am astonished, at what is vast of great; I am amazed with what is incomprehensible; I am confounded, by what is shocking or terrible" (197).
* Being surprised and astonished are the foundation of new and original thought.
So, when we see China and Japan start skirmishing over a tiny disputed oil-rich island in the Pacific, we should not be surprised. Beijing would certainly be willing to jeopardize the flow of capital from Japan in order to secure a flow of oil.
AS I READ the blurb about Calgary-born filmmaker Michael Dowse in the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival program guide for his sophomore feature, It's All Gone Pete Tong, I was surprised. Accompanying his credits, including fine accomplishments like his debut film FUBAR, was a note about his education that I wasn't expecting.
In a press statement, Perkins asserted, "As a former police officer who spent time working inside the prison system, I am saddened but not surprised at some of the abuse I've seen in these photos.
The October-December gross domestic product (GDP) surprised many with stronger-than-expected capital expenditures and exports supported by Asian demand.
Tilly is surprised when her mother takes in two strange young women, Delphine and Calinda, journeying up the river from New Orleans as the war begins.
Norris has managed, at least to my mind, to give her readers the very experience she's talking about: of being gloriously surprised by a Jesus who entertains us by saving us and saves us by entertaining us.