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Present participle for to do something (to someone) unexpectedly
“Such a woman would be much more difficult to catch unawares than a teenage escort trapped in a motel room.”
Present participle for to surprise (someone)
Present participle for to disconcert or cause to be confused
(of a feeling) Present participle for to affect (someone) suddenly and powerfully
Present participle for to chance upon someone doing something unexpected (and usually underhanded)
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