Definition of take someone aback in English:
Shock or surprise someone: he was taken aback by her directness
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- The consul was present at the Supreme Court hearing, and I think she was taken aback and shocked by what she heard.
- When you go to such a place, you are taken aback by the youthfulness of the crowd.
- People in England are aware of the divide, but the extent of it took me aback.
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