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take someone aback

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.
dumbfound, daze, nonplus, stop someone in their tracks, stupefy, take someone's breath away;
shake (up), jolt, throw, unnerve, disconcert, disturb, disquiet, unsettle, discompose, bewilder
informal flabbergast, knock for six, knock sideways, knock out, floor, strike dumb
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