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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 do something (to someone) unexpectedly
“We must resort to the stratagem of keeping close to the enemy all through the game, with the hope of winning at the very finish by an unexpected spurt that will take them by surprise.”
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To spring upon suddenly to attack or capture
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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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