catch unawares/unprepared/by surprise

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Definition of catch unawares/unprepared/by surprise

: to affect (someone) in a sudden, unexpected and surprising way The new law caught them unawares. They were caught unprepared by the crisis. The announcement caught me by surprise

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“Catch unawares/unprepared/by surprise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catch%20unawares%2Funprepared%2Fby%20surprise. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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