taken aback

taken aback

Startled, astonished, shocked, or disconcerted. All of us were a bit taken aback to learn that John was moving to England next month. I must admit that I was taken aback when I heard we weren't receiving our bonuses this year.
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taken aback

Cliché surprised and confused. When Mary told me the news, I was taken aback for a moment. When I told my parents I was married, they were completely taken aback.
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be taken aˈback (by somebody/something)

be shocked or surprised by somebody/something: She was completely taken aback by his anger.
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And yet the fact remains that, had the wind failed and the fleet lost steerage way, or, worse still, had it been taken aback from the eastward, with its leaders within short range of the enemy's guns, nothing, it seems, could have saved the headmost ships from capture or destruction.
Boris remembered Natasha in a short dress, with dark eyes shining from under her curls and boisterous, childish laughter, as he had known her four years before; and so he was taken aback when quite a different Natasha entered, and his face expressed rapturous astonishment.
He didn't like the idea of going back to his hut in the wind and wet, so he just stepped as he was into the girl's room, laid the sack of gold beside her, and was turning to leave the room, when his master confronted him and said, 'You young rogue, so you were going to steal the gold that a good Fairy brings every night, were you?' The Herd-boy was so taken aback by his words, that he stood trembling before him, and did not dare to explain his presence.
They were a good deal taken aback, and after a little consultation one and all tumbled down the fore companion, thinking no doubt to take us on the rear.
First of all I was taken aback by what seemed to me the clumsiness of his technique.
Carey was taken aback. If he would not read the evening service with her she did not know what to do with him.
Monsieur Pailleton had been a little taken aback by the visit of the Baron.
Captain Dove looked rather taken aback at this outbreak in the ranks; but, being a dignified and calm personage, he quelled the rising rebellion with great tact and skill, by saying, briefly
Laurence, who looked quite taken aback, and held out her hand, saying, with only a small quaver in her voice, "I came to thank you, sir, for..." But she didn't finish, for he looked so friendly that she forgot her speech and, only remembering that he had lost the little girl he loved, she put both arms round his neck and kissed him.
Lorry was so taken aback, that he looked quite stupidly at Mr.
"Mauclair is not to be found!" repeated Mercier, taken aback. "Well, what about his assistants?"
WOLVES skipper Conor Coady says he's been taken aback by the reaction the club has received in China.
She said: "I am very surprised, taken aback and humbled to be the recipient of such an award.
I WAS taken aback and found it strange that not a single line was devoted in the April 28 issue to the coverage of the Snooker World Championship being held in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Taken aback by vitriolic comments I MUST admit to being somewhat taken aback by the recent flak directed towards my recent letter concerning the City of Birmingham locomotive.