catch someone off guard Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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catch someone off guard

(also catch someone by surprise) to ​surprise someone, esp. in a way that makes the ​personfeelconfused or ​uncertain: The ​newscaught her ​completely off ​guard – she didn't ​know what to say. The ​strength of the ​stormcaught many ​residents by ​surprise.
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