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To astound or surprise someone
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“It would take her by surprise when a young woman appeared in front of her.”
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To capture or attack suddenly and unexpectedly
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To spring upon suddenly to attack or capture
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To be hiding, waiting to ambush or attack someone
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To chance upon someone doing something unexpected (and usually underhanded)
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(of a feeling) To affect (someone) suddenly and powerfully
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