aback


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Synonyms for aback

Synonyms for aback

without adequate preparation

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I stammered, a little taken aback at having begun a conversation in so unconventional a fashion.
The proposition was acceded to; and Karakoee, taking with him five tabooed natives of Nukuheva, again repaired aboard the barque, which in a few hours sailed to that part of the island, and threw her main-top-sail aback right off the entrance to the Typee bay.
After this," said the General, completely taken aback, "--after what you have just said, I do not know whether--"
Never have I seen my friend more completely taken aback than by the cabman's reply.
The seamen had hauled the fore-yard aback during the rising, but now as we left them they brought it square again, and as there was a light wind from the north and east the bark began to draw slowly away from us.
I was taken aback by her assumption that I knew all about her domestic misfortune.
Boris remembered Natasha in a short dress, with dark eyes shining from under her curls and boisterous, childish laughter, as he had known her four years before; and so he was taken aback when quite a different Natasha entered, and his face expressed rapturous astonishment.
Monsieur Pailleton had been a little taken aback by the visit of the Baron.
When I first heard of it I was thrown up in the wind with all aback.
They were rather taken aback sometimes at finding Rose's services preferred to their's, and privately confided to one another that "Old Mac was getting fond of being molly-coddled.
The Pats begin to hoora too, thinking it was a runaway; and first lot on 'em stands grinnin' and wavin' their old hats as we comes abreast on 'em; and then you'd ha' laughed to see how took aback and choking savage they looked, when they gets the peas a-stinging all over 'em.
Her simple faith in the immediate future took me aback.
Tom looked at her, taken aback for the moment, with admiration, slowly at first, growing in his face.
His visitor regarded him steadily for a moment, open-mouthed, obviously taken aback.
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.