catch someone off guard


catch someone off guard
catch (someone) off guard to surprise someone.

He's used to being interviewed and it seems that no question catches him off guard.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • catch someone off guard — catch/take (someone) off guard to surprise someone by doing or saying something they were not expecting. One of the larger airlines caught its rivals off guard yesterday by suddenly announcing a cut in fares. When they asked me to babysit, I was… …   New idioms dictionary

  • catch someone off guard — surprise someone, catch someone unprepared …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catch sb off guard — catch sb off guard/by surprise ► to surprise someone and cause difficulty for them: »A lot of taxpayers will be caught off guard by their new tax liability Main Entry: ↑catch …   Financial and business terms

  • catch sb off guard/by surprise — ► to surprise someone and cause difficulty for them: »A lot of taxpayers will be caught off guard by their new tax liability Main Entry: ↑catch …   Financial and business terms

  • take someone off guard — catch/take (someone) off guard to surprise someone by doing or saying something they were not expecting. One of the larger airlines caught its rivals off guard yesterday by suddenly announcing a cut in fares. When they asked me to babysit, I was… …   New idioms dictionary

  • catch off guard — catch (someone) off guard to surprise someone. He s used to being interviewed and it seems that no question catches him off guard …   New idioms dictionary

  • off-guard — adjective surprised by something unexpected: catch someone off guard: The questions caught her completely off guard …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • off-guard — adjective not prepared or vigilant the blow caught him napping caught in an off guard moment found him off his guard • Syn: ↑napping, ↑off guard, ↑off one s guard, ↑off his guard, ↑off her guard …   Useful english dictionary

  • off-guard — UK / US adjective surprised by something unexpected catch someone off guard: The questions caught her completely off guard …   English dictionary

  • catch someone napping — CATCH OFF GUARD, catch unawares, (take by) surprise, catch out, find unprepared; informal catch someone with their trousers/pants down; Brit. informal catch on the hop. → nap * * * catch someone napping (informal) 1. To detect someone in error… …   Useful english dictionary


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