catch someone off guard Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
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Meaning of "catch someone off guard" - American English Dictionary

catch someone off guard

(also catch someone by surprise)
to surprise someone, esp. in a way that makes the person feel confused or uncertain: The news caught her completely off guard – she didn't know what to say. The strength of the storm caught many residents by surprise.
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