catch off guard


catch 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 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 off guard — {v. phr.} To challenge or confront a person at a time of lack of preparedness or sufficient care. * /The suspect was caught off guard by the detective and confessed where he had hidden the stolen car./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch off guard — {v. phr.} To challenge or confront a person at a time of lack of preparedness or sufficient care. * /The suspect was caught off guard by the detective and confessed where he had hidden the stolen car./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch\ off\ guard — v. phr. To challenge or confront a person at a time of lack of preparedness or sufficient care. The suspect was caught off guard by the detective and confessed where he had hidden the stolen car …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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

  • 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 — 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 — adj [not before noun] catch/take sb off guard to surprise someone by happening when they are not expecting something or prepared for it ▪ The sudden snow storm caught us all off guard …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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


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