Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

catch (sb) off guard

catch off guardcatch somebody off guard
Meaning(s)
1) surprise somebody in a way that leaves them confused and vulnerable
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • the news caught me totally off guard
  • Analysis

    To catch someone off guard means to surprise someone by doing something that they are not expecting or prepared for.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The news caught me totally off guard. I was temporarily lost for words!
    2. The surprise party caught me completely off guard. I didn't suspect a thing!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I caught my boss off guard when I said I was resigning. She thought I was very happy working there.
    2. The rival company will not be expecting us to bid for this contract, so we have a great chance to catch them off guard and steal it from under their noses!
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