see take by surprise.
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Related Words for by surprisesuddenly, unawares, short, aback, forthwith, sudden, unaware, unexpectedly, accidentally, carelessly, inadvertently, mistakenly, unconsciously, unintentionally, unprepared, unwittingly, abruptly, ignorantly, surprisingly, unknowingly
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Last night--when I thought to take you by-surprise--were you the leader then?Sir Mortimer