catch sb off guard/by surprise


catch sb off guard/by surprise
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. 2012.

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  • 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 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 — 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 you off guard — surprise you, say what you do not expect    Did my comment about dog poop catch you off guard? …   English idioms

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

  • 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… …   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

  • 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

  • take 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


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