The English phrasal verb TAKE ABACK has the following meaning:
1. Take aback = to be surprised or shocked
(transitive) When someone hears or sees something that they are not expecting to. When a person is caught off guard and is surprised. Synonyms include amaze, bewilder, or dumbfound.
- I was taken aback by her generosity.
- We were taken aback by the smell coming from the fridge.
- Becky is taken aback by the friendliness of her new coworkers.
- I was rather taken aback by his nasty reply.
- The news of the actor’s death taken me aback
This verb is mostly used in the Passive Voice.
To be + taken + aback
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