catch (someone or something) by surprise


: to happen to (someone or something) unexpectedly : to surprise (someone or something)
The question caught him by surprise.
: to attack, capture, or approach (someone or something) without warning
Photographers caught the couple by surprise as they were leaving a restaurant.

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“Catch (someone or something) by surprise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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