catch (someone or something) by surprise

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Definition of catch (someone or something) by surprise

1 : to happen to (someone or something) unexpectedly : to surprise (someone or something) The question caught him by surprise.
2 : 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catch%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20by%20surprise. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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