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Synonyms for aback

Synonyms for aback

without adequate preparation

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I might have known that he would never help me out; but it took me aback to have to shape the question afresh, as if it were quite new.
Owner Laura Booth, pictured, put an appeal on social media to make other businesses aware and was left taken aback by one customer's response.
I felt that we really needed something that would take people aback, to make them sit up and listen.
Their kindness has taken me aback and they have raised my spirits no end," Mr Riley told the ECHO.
After admitting being taken aback by his own first taste of an Auld Enemy clash, Cotter warned Jones to prepare for the blood and thunder of a fixture which is more demanding than the World Cup.
She was really taken aback by the women's Dave Charity, the prison's deputy governor, said: "She was really interested in what the women had to say and understood all the issues, she was really taken aback by the women's stories.
Global Banking News-July 23, 2015--Israeli banks taken aback by threat of EU sanctions
With hardly 24 hours to go before the glitz and glamour of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) descends on the city, visitors to the Dubai Mall on Thursdayevening were pleasantly taken aback to rub shoulders with Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif.
Summary: New Delhi: Taken aback by LK Advani's resignation from all party posts, BJP leaders on .
Sprinter Usain Bolt isn't easily scared, but he was taken aback on Monday by a vigorous Maori haka that was performed to welcome him to New Zealand.
He said: "I must admit they aback ha were a bit taken aback.
New York, September 14 ( ANI ): Britney Spears has even got Simon Cowell taken aback with her harsh comments on 'The X Factor,' with the media mogul calling her "surprisingly mean.
Summary: Even the Queen was taken aback by the splendour of the gifts she received from a Middle East Sultan this week.
SIR - Many readers will have been taken aback by the announcement that despite the best efforts of our Government the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the right of prisoners to vote must be respected.
I think some of our opponents were taken aback a bit by us earlier in the season, thinking we would be pushovers.