Take+unawares

  • 1 take unawares —    If something takes you unawares, it surprises you because you were not expecting it.     His angry reaction took me unawares …

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  • 2 take unawares — surprise, take by surprise …

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  • 3 take somebody unawares — • to take somebody unawares • to catch somebody unawares (from Idioms in Speech) to surprise to be caught unawares (from Idioms in Speech) to be taken by surprise When I am caught unawares I usually tell the truth. (I. Murdoch) The use of his… …

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  • 4 take someone unawares — catch/take/someone unawares phrase to surprise someone, often making them feel confused or embarrassed Burchill’s shot caught the goalkeeper completely unawares. Thesaurus: to make someone feel shocked or surprisedsynonym Main entry: unawares …

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  • 5 unawares — un|a|wares [ˌʌnəˈweəz US ˈwerz] adv 1.) take/catch sb unawares if something takes you unawares, it happens when you are not expecting it and are not prepared ▪ The question caught me completely unawares. 2.) formal without noticing ▪ We had… …

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  • 6 unawares — adverb 1 take/catch sb unawares to happen or to do something in a way that someone was not expecting and so was not prepared for: Caught unawares like that, I was unable to think of an excuse. 2 formal without noticing: We had walked unawares… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 unawares — un|a|wares [ ,ʌnə werz ] adverb catch/take someone unawares to surprise someone, often making them feel confused or embarrassed: The double steal caught the pitcher completely unawares …

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  • 8 unawares — UK [ˌʌnəˈweə(r)z] / US [ˌʌnəˈwerz] adverb catch/take someone unawares to surprise someone, often making them feel confused or embarrassed Burchill s shot caught the goalkeeper completely unawares …

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  • 9 take — I. verb (took; taken; taking) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; akin to Middle Dutch taken to take Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to get into one s hands or into one s possession, power, or… …

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  • 10 unawares — [ˌʌnəˈweəz] adv catch/take sb unawares to surprise someone, often making them feel confused or embarrassed[/ex] …

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  • 11 take by surprise — idi a) to come upon unawares b) to astonish; amaze …

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  • 12 catch someone unawares — catch/take/someone unawares phrase to surprise someone, often making them feel confused or embarrassed Burchill’s shot caught the goalkeeper completely unawares. Thesaurus: to make someone feel shocked or surprisedsynonym Main entry: unawares …

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  • 13 catch somebody unawares — • to take somebody unawares • to catch somebody unawares (from Idioms in Speech) to surprise to be caught unawares (from Idioms in Speech) to be taken by surprise When I am caught unawares I usually tell the truth. (I. Murdoch) The use of his… …

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  • 14 surprise — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Unexpectedness Nouns surprise, nonexpectation, unexpectedness, the unforeseen, unforeseen contingency or circumstances, miscalculation, astonishment, wonder, thunderclap, turn, blow, shock, bolt from the …

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  • 15 surprise — surprisedly /seuhr pruy zid lee, pruyzd , seuh /, adv. surpriser, n. /seuhr pruyz , seuh /, v., surprised, surprising, n. v.t. 1. to strike or occur to with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, as through unexpectedness: Her beauty… …

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  • 16 pounce upon — Synonyms and related words: ambush, appear unexpectedly, assail, assault, astonish, attack, be unexpected, blitz, bob up, bounce, bound, buck, buckjump, bushwhack, capriole, catch at, catch off guard, catch unawares, clear, come at, come down on …

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  • 17 surprise — I. noun also surprize Etymology: Middle English suppryse exaction, seizure, from Anglo French sousprise, supprise, from feminine of supris, surpris, suspris, past participle of surprendre & susprendre to capture, take by surprise, from sur & sus …

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  • 18 surprise — Synonyms and related words: admiration, amaze, amazement, ambush, assail, assault, astonish, astonishment, astound, astoundment, attack, awe, awestrike, bedaze, bedazzle, beguilement, bewilder, bewilderment, blitz, blockbuster, blow, boggle, bomb …

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  • 19 ambush — Synonyms and related words: ambuscade, ambushment, assail, assault, astonish, attack, blind, blitz, booby trap, bushwhack, catch off guard, catch unawares, come at, come down on, come from behind, come upon unexpectedly, cover, crack down on,… …

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  • 20 bushwhack — Synonyms and related words: ambush, assail, assault, astonish, attack, blitz, catch off guard, catch unawares, come at, come down on, come from behind, come upon unexpectedly, crack down on, descend on, descend upon, do the unexpected, drop in on …

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