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To make someone feel shocked or surprised - thesaurus

Synonyms

surprise

verb

to give someone a feeling of surprise

shock

verb

if something bad and unexpected shocks someone, they are very surprised or upset by it

shake up

to upset or frighten someone by shocking or surprising them

amaze

verb

to surprise someone very much, especially by being very impressive

stun

verb

to shock and surprise someone so much that they cannot react immediately

astonish

verb

to surprise someone very much

astound

verb

to surprise or shock someone very much

stagger

verb

to surprise and shock someone

spring a surprise

to tell someone something in order to surprise them

not bear thinking about

to be too shocking or unpleasant to think about

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affront

verb

to insult someone or to make them shocked and angry

appal

verb

to shock or offend someone very much

appall

the American spelling of appal

blindside

verb

mainly Americaninformal to give someone an unpleasant surprise by doing something that they were not expecting

bowl over

to surprise someone by being very beautiful, impressive, unexpected etc

bring someone up short

to make someone stop what they are doing or saying because they are very surprised

catch someone on the hop

to surprise someone because you do something that they do not expect you to do

catch/take someone unawares

to surprise someone, often making them feel confused or embarrassed

confound

verb

to make someone feel surprised or confused, especially by not behaving in the way they expect

deal a blow to

to harm, upset, or shock someone or something

defy

verb

to happen in a way that is different from what usually happens or what you expect

devastate

verb

to make someone feel very shocked and upset

disconcert

verb

to make someone feel worried, confused, or surprised

faze

verb

informal to make someone feel confused, shocked, or upset

flash mob

verb

to surprise someone by going in a large group to the place where they are, doing something for a short time, and quickly going away again

floor

verb

to make someone feel so surprised and confused that they cannot react

galvanize

verb

to shock or affect someone enough to produce a strong and immediate reaction

hit with

to tell someone something that is unpleasant or surprising

horrify

verb

to shock someone very much

jolt

verb

to shock someone so that they suddenly change what they are doing or thinking

jolt

verb

to shock someone so that they feel a sudden emotional reaction

knock out

informal to make someone feel very shocked or upset

knock someone for six/knock someone sideways

to make someone feel very shocked or upset

make someone’s hair curl

to make someone suddenly feel shocked

make your blood curdle

to shock or frighten you very much

numb

verb

to make someone unable to react or to show emotion, often because of an extreme shock

outrage

verb

to make someone extremely angry and shocked

overwhelm

verb

to surprise someone very much

pull someone up short

to make someone unexpectedly stop in surprise and think

reduce someone to tears/silence

to upset or shock someone so much that they cry or are unable to speak

rock

verb

mainly journalism to shock, surprise, or frighten someone

scandalise

a British spelling of scandalize

scandalize

verb

to do something that shocks someone

send shock waves through something

to upset a lot of people

shock

verb

to make someone feel embarrassed or offended by saying or doing something offensive or immoral

sicken

verb

if something sickens you, it shocks you and makes you feel very upset

spring on

to tell someone something that they do not expect

startle

verb

to make a person or animal feel suddenly frightened or surprised by doing something that they do not expect

surprise

verb

to attack or find someone when they do not expect it

take/catch someone by surprise

to happen unexpectedly

take/catch someone by surprise

to attack, catch, or find someone when they do not expect it

take/catch someone by surprise

to shock someone by unexpected behaviour

take the cake

to be the worst, most shocking, or most annoying example of something. The usual British expression is take the biscuit

take your breath away

to be extremely shocking

throw

verb

if something throws you, it makes you surprised or confused because you did not expect it

transfix

verb

to make someone feel so surprised, shocked, or interested that they continue to look at or listen to someone or something without moving

traumatise

a British spelling of traumatize

traumatize

verb

to make someone feel very upset, afraid, or shocked

walk in on

to walk into a room where someone is doing something private or secret

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