One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘executives were taken by surprise when sales dropped off late last year’
take aback, surprise, shock, stun, stagger, astound, astonish, startle
dumbfound, daze, nonplus, stop someone in their tracks, stupefy, take someone's breath away
shake, 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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