be taken aback

to be shocked or surprised, especially by something that someone says or does to you

Bill was taken aback by the girl's directness.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • taken aback — also[taken back] {adj.} Unpleasantly surprised; suddenly puzzled or shocked. * /When he came to pay for his dinner he was taken aback to find that he had left his wallet at home./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • taken aback — also[taken back] {adj.} Unpleasantly surprised; suddenly puzzled or shocked. * /When he came to pay for his dinner he was taken aback to find that he had left his wallet at home./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • taken aback — Taken by surprise • • • Main Entry: ↑aback …   Useful english dictionary

  • taken aback — confused or surprised by something unexpected. Company executives have been taken aback by the criticism. I asked him directly if he was looking for someone with my skills, and I think he was kind of taken aback. Etymology: based on the literal… …   New idioms dictionary

  • taken aback — Meaning Surprised. Origin When the wind changes direction the sails of a sailing ship sometimes blow back against the mast, i.e. they are taken aback …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • taken\ aback — adj Unpleasantly surprised; suddenly puzzled or shocked. When he came to pay for his dinner he was taken aback to find that he had left his wallet at home. See: take back •• to (be) cause(d) a feeling of surprise or astonishment, often also with… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • taken aback — unpleasantly surprised, suddenly puzzled or shocked I was taken aback when she said that she didn t want to work with us any longer …   Idioms and examples

  • taken aback — adjective a) surprised, shocked b) said of a ship, when the wind, suddenly changing, forces the sails aft against the mast …   Wiktionary

  • taken aback — disconcerted (See discontent) …   English dictionary for students

  • taken aback — disconcerted, surprised, dismayed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • taken aback — surprised, startled, astonished, shocked, astounded, stupefied; flabbergasted, stunned, bewildered, amazed, thunderstruck, dumfounded; perplexed, confounded, nonplused, disconcerted, discomposed, discomfited, Inf. thrown off guard, Inf. thrown… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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