take aback

phrasal verb
took aback; taken aback; taking aback; takes aback

Definition of take aback

: to surprise or shock (someone) usually used as (be) taken aback When I told him my answer, he seemed taken aback. often + by He was taken aback by her answer.

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“Take aback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20aback. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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