catch unawares/unprepared/by surprise

Definition of catch unawares/unprepared/by surprise

  1. :  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

catchplay
  1. :  to capture or seize especially after pursuit

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

    :  deceive

  1. :  something caught

    :  the total quantity caught at one time

    :  the act, action, or fact of catching

unawaresplay
  1. :  without design, attention, preparation, or premeditation

    :  without warning :  suddenly, unexpectedly

unpreparedplay
  1. :  not prepared

surprise
  1. :  an attack made without warning

    :  a taking unawares

    :  something that surprises

  1. :  to attack unexpectedly

    :  to capture by an unexpected attack

    :  to take unawares


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