Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

by surprise

see take by surprise.

Show More
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Related Words for by surprise

suddenly, unawares, short, aback, forthwith, sudden, unaware, unexpectedly, accidentally, carelessly, inadvertently, mistakenly, unconsciously, unintentionally, unprepared, unwittingly, abruptly, ignorantly, surprisingly, unknowingly

Examples from the Web for by surprise

Historical Examples of by surprise

  • Last night--when I thought to take you by-surprise--were you the leader then?

    Sir Mortimer

    Mary Johnston