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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Sheikh Tarek Murhi's brother, Tarek Murhi, said that the protesters went to gather in front of PM Najib Mikati's house to hold high the mottos reading: "You promised us of a sentence of innocence but surprised us by imprisonment." A.M.
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That is why he surprised us by taking a position on the controversy involving his major competition -- Monday Night Football.