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