One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shock or surprise someone.‘he was taken aback by her directness’
surprise, shock, stun, stagger, astound, astonish, startle, take by surpriseView synonyms
- ‘Everyone at our table was taken aback at his rudeness toward a paying customer.’
- ‘I was taken aback by his sudden mood change and shifted in the leather seat uncomfortably.’
- ‘She was taken aback when he smiled and bowed his head to her.’
- ‘He was so taken aback by the incident that he notified the local press in Donegal about it.’
- ‘I was taken aback by that and answered with a question that has been bugging me.’
- ‘The consul was present at the Supreme Court hearing, and I think she was taken aback and shocked by what she heard.’
- ‘But it was the theatrical brutality of the piece that took me aback.’
- ‘I was a little taken aback by her use of the familiar term but I recovered quickly.’
- ‘People in England are aware of the divide, but the extent of it took me aback.’
- ‘When you go to such a place, you are taken aback by the youthfulness of the crowd.’
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