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take sb aback

phrasal verb with take uk   us   /teɪk/ verb (took, taken)
to surprise or shock someone so much that they do not know how to behave for a short time: I was a little taken aback at the directness of the question. The news really took us aback.
Translations of “take sb aback”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使(某人)大吃一驚…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使(某人)大吃一惊…
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