catch unawares/unprepared/by surprise

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

Word by Word Definitions

catch play
  1. : to capture or seize especially after pursuit

  2. : to take or entangle in or as if in a snare

  3. : deceive

  1. : something caught

  2. : the act, action, or fact of catching

  3. : a game in which a ball is thrown and caught

unawares play
  1. : without design, attention, preparation, or premeditation

  2. : without warning : suddenly, unexpectedly

unprepared play
  1. : not prepared

surprise play
  1. : an attack made without warning

  2. : a taking unawares

  3. : something that surprises

  1. : to attack unexpectedly

  2. : to take unawares

  3. : to detect or elicit by a taking unawares


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