be\ taken\ aback


be\ taken\ aback
adj
Unpleasantly surprised; suddenly puzzled or shocked.

When he came to pay for his dinner he was taken aback to find that he had left his wallet at home.

See: take back
••
to (be) cause(d) a feeling of surprise or astonishment, often also with disappointment or dismay

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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