take aback

phrasal verb

took aback; taken aback; taking aback; takes 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.

Examples of take aback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another doctor who attended was taken aback when Biden claimed to have already seen photos of malnourished women and children in Gaza — except the doctor had printed the photos from her own phone. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 Yet they were taken aback and changed course Tuesday after network personalities like Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow objected to working with someone who had trafficked in election disinformation. David Bauder, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2024 When Peterson entered her house, she was taken aback. Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 In the documentary, Bell recalls being taken aback by the unwavering support so many industry executives showed for Brian Peck. Malia Mendez, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Gillespie appeared taken aback at seeing them, Wells recalled in an interview, then collected himself. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2024 Like many Denver residents, Gomez was taken aback as the numbers of migrants swelled, hearing their Venezuelan accents on the street near her apartment. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2024 Executives at the tech giants were taken aback by how much the Chinese e-retailer has spent advertising with them. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 8 Mar. 2024 If David is the brain of Curb, however, Lewis was the raw, bleeding heart, the perpetually aggrieved best friend who takes offense at even the most minor slights and breaches, who can’t help but constantly be taken aback by his friend’s emotional limitations. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 28 Feb. 2024

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“Take aback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20aback. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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