Definition of catch unawares/unprepared/by surprise
- The new law caught them unawares.
- They were caught unprepared by the crisis.
- The announcement caught me by surprise
: to capture or seize especially after pursuit
: to take or entangle in or as if in a snare
: something caught
: the act, action, or fact of catching
: a game in which a ball is thrown and caught
: without design, attention, preparation, or premeditation
: without warning : suddenly, unexpectedly
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