catch somebody unawares


catch somebody unawares
• to take somebody unawares
• to catch somebody unawares
to surprise to be caught unawares
to be taken by surprise

When I am caught unawares I usually tell the truth. (I. Murdoch)

The use of his first name took Wormold unawares. (Gr. Greene)


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