catch (sb) off guard

Meaning(s)

1. surprise somebody in a way that leaves them confused and vulnerable

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the news caught me totally off guard

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

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  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!

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  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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