One of those preachers admitted to The Daily Beast that he was taken aback by her zeal.
I was so taken aback by the claim that I telephoned Sheikh to ask whether it was true.
He says that patients being admitted to the nursing home are often taken aback when he asks them about their end-of-life wishes.
I was too taken aback to respond but after that first night, whenever I spoke to the police they made me feel ashamed.
Many former social secretaries were taken aback and grumbled discreetly among themselves.
If she can be brought head to the wind, and the sails be taken aback, she may cast on the other tack.
For the moment, so taken aback was he by this astounding announcement, that he could not speak.
Donnegan was taken aback again, and this time more strongly than by the flare of light against his eyes.
Let her fall off when you're running free, and she'll broach to and get taken aback.
By the extraordinary irrelevancy of this anecdote, I am so taken aback that, for a moment, I am unable to utter.
c.1200, from Old English on bæc "at or on the back;" see back (n.). Now surviving mainly in taken aback, originally a nautical expression in reference to a vessel's square sails when a sudden change of wind flattens them back against the masts and stops the forward motion of the ship (1754). The figurative sense is first recorded 1840.