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English definition of “take sb aback”

take sb aback

phrasal verb with take     /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.Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upsetMaking people sad, shocked and upset
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