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Again she was taken aback to see so many sitting round the table.

Granger, taken aback by the question, smiled slowly and shook his head.

Captain Sam was so taken aback that he was almost speechless.

Asaph was taken aback, but he recovered promptly, as he had before.

I had been taken aback so suddenly that I had lost steerage way.

The Captain was taken aback by these three words, which Mr. Blood had stressed.

When he joined Reg in the room they shared, he was taken aback at what he saw.

He was taken aback, and do what he could the Colonel's grave eyes discomposed him.

The worthy man was taken aback with the energy with which I spoke.

Perhaps she was still too taken aback to do anything about the matter.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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