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Synonyms for aback

Synonyms for aback

without adequate preparation

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My well-remembered experience has convinced me that, in that corner of the ocean, once the wind has got to the northward of west (as it did on the 20th, taking the British fleet aback), appearances of westerly weather go for nothing, and that it is infinitely more likely to veer right round to the east than to shift back again.
Preserving an interval of some few yards between itself and the ship, the Jeroboam's boat by the occasional use of its oars contrived to keep parallel to the Pequod, as she heavily forged through the sea (for by this time it blew very fresh), with her main-topsail aback; though, indeed, at times by the sudden onset of a large rolling wave, the boat would be pushed some way ahead; but would be soon skilfully brought to her proper bearings again.
Lorry was so taken aback, that he looked quite stupidly at Mr.
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.
WOLVES skipper Conor Coady says he's been taken aback by the reaction the club has received in China.
I WAS taken aback and found it strange that not a single line was devoted in the April 28 issue to the coverage of the Snooker World Championship being held in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Taken aback by vitriolic comments I MUST admit to being somewhat taken aback by the recent flak directed towards my recent letter concerning the City of Birmingham locomotive.
Summary: The woman can be seen coming and is momentarily taken aback by what she sees
Summary: Washington DC, [USA]: Hollywood singer Demi Lovato's ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama was taken aback after he came to know that the singer had an apparent drug overdose on Tuesday morning.
Mum Holly Benn (who shared her discovery onFacebook) was taken aback. Literally thousands of other parents were taken aback.
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was taken aback today by questions of daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar's purported engagement to the Yang diPertuan Agong.
The North was taken aback by Trump's unexpectedly swift response, reported the Hankook Ilbo, the sister paper of The Korea Times, quoting a North Korean official who participated in the U.S.-North Korean contact last month in Helsinki, Finland.
Nawaz Sharif was taken aback for sometime after this incident.
Durham fast bowler Mark Wood landed a deal with Chennai Super Kings and was taken aback that several of his England colleagues were not signed up.
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.