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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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