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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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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.
First of all I was taken aback by what seemed to me the clumsiness of his technique.
Fast bowler Mark Wood landed a deal with Chennai Super Kings and was taken aback that several England colleagues were not signed up.
Durham fast bowler Mark Wood landed a deal with Chennai Super Kings and was taken aback that several of his England colleagues were not signed up.
Recently, I was taken aback when I found on Sindh excise and taxation department's website that the vehicle was still being used under my name.
Holgate said: "He was taken aback when I told him that I had read it.
Frankly, I was taken aback by the illustration and found the portrayal of the agency, which I serve as officer in charge/general manager, unfair not only to me but also to the thousands of civil servants under me, who are doing their best to diligently and religiously do the tasks they are mandated to do.
Grujic admits he was taken aback by the pace and frenecity of Premier League football from the word go but, a month on, he is satisfied with life in England.
The Israeli banking system was taken aback by the threat of sanctions from the EU.
Fan Maria Parsons, from Aberdeen, was taken aback when she met the singer.
The Fermanagh manager (left) was taken aback at the level of emotional debate which helped sway a 'yes' vote at Saturday's Congress and predicts that little will change regardless of this latest attempt to clean up the game.
Murray was taken aback by the atmosphere at Queen's, with many spectators having queued from the early hours for a prized ticket on Centre Court.
Twickenham, 5pm today) "I watched an edition of Sky Sports' Rugby Club the other day and was taken aback by the praise Stuart Barnes and his crew were lavishing on England.
Fonda, who has just turned 71, said that she was taken aback by the way she looked in the publicity shots for her first Broadway show in 46 years.
THE strength of the Guinness Premiership is well known, but I was taken aback by the intensity and physicality of it all last season when I experienced it for myself.