be take aback


be take aback
to (be) cause(d) a feeling of surprise or astonishment, often also with disappointment or dismay

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  • take aback — If you are taken aback, it means that you re surprised or shocked by something …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • take aback — ► take aback shock or surprise (someone). Main Entry: ↑aback …   English terms dictionary

  • take aback — verb surprise greatly; knock someone s socks off (Freq. 1) I was floored when I heard that I was promoted • Syn: ↑shock, ↑floor, ↑ball over, ↑blow out of the water • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • take aback — verb a) To surprise or shock; to discomfit. I was rather taken aback by his angry reply. b) Of a ship: to catch it with the sails aback suddenly. The bad news took us aback …   Wiktionary

  • take aback — Astonish, surprise, take by surprise, startle …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • take aback — See: TAKEN BACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take aback — See: TAKEN BACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take aback — Synonyms and related words: abash, appall, astound, bowl down, bowl over, confound, discomfit, disconcert, dismay, electrify, frighten, jar, jolt, put out, shake, shock, stagger, startle, stun …   Moby Thesaurus

  • take aback — surprise, astound; confuse, bewilder …   English contemporary dictionary

  • take aback — to (be) cause(d) a feeling of surprise or astonishment, often also with disappointment or dismay …   Idioms and examples

  • take aback — idi to surprise; disconcert …   From formal English to slang