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aback
British English: /əˈbak/
American English: /əˈbæk/

adverb

  • to be taken aback by
    être déconcerté par
    (remark, proposal, experience)
    I was somewhat/totally taken aback
    j'étais un peu déconcerté/complètement abasourdi

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