catch someone off guard


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 taken off guard and found myself agreeing to it.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

  • 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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