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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"But some of the kids have surprised us by doing 120 in one sitting, 120 sit-ups, 10 pushups (after the program).
They surprised us by doing the same thing and they were able to build a good lead.
"If there's one thing that he surprised us by doing, it was that he's a much better rebounder than I expected.