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English verb: take aback

1. take aback (emotion) surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off

SamplesI was floored when I heard that I was promoted.

ExamplesThe bad news will take aback him, The good news will take aback her, The performance is likely to take aback Sue

Synonymsball over, blow out of the water, floor, shock

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)surprise

Narrower (hyponym)galvanise, galvanize, startle

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