take aback

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take aback surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"
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Idioms

Take aback - If you are taken aback, it means that you're surprised or shocked by something.
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Usage

In literature:

This here proposal o' you'rn takes me a little aback.
"Dombey and Son" by Charles Dickens
This call upon her powers seemed to take Miss Musgrave aback.
"Stories by English Authors: Africa" by Various
But it was enough to take me aback.
"The House of the Wolf" by Stanley Weyman
The effect is startling, and takes him completely aback.
"Captain Brassbound's Conversion" by George Bernard Shaw
It quite takes me aback.
"Dear Brutus" by J. M. Barrie
I forget to smile; I don't even take off my hat at first, I am so taken aback to see her come this way.
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
This semi-prudence would have availed her nothing in case of the wind's shifting and taking her aback.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
It came out of the south as if hurled at us, taking the sail aback.
"A Sea Queen's Sailing" by Charles Whistler
At about 2 P.M., soon after the weather cleared, the wind shifted to west-northwest, taking the ships aback.
"The Life of Nelson, Vol. II. (of 2)" by A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
Scarcely was this done when the gale struck us, taking us right aback.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
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In news:

Liberals Are Taken Aback by Obama's Take-Back of America.
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