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To be shocked or surprised

be taken aback

to be shocked or surprised, especially by something that someone says or does to you



to show or feel surprise or admiration



to move suddenly because you are afraid or surprised by something



to admire someone or something and feel surprised by how beautiful or unusual they are

shudder at

to be shocked by something



to feel very shocked, upset, or confused



to be so surprised or shocked that you are unable to believe something

do a double take

to react after a slight pause, because you are surprised by what you have just seen or heard

catch your breath

to stop breathing suddenly for a short time because you are surprised or impressed

not know what hit you

to feel extremely shocked or surprised


used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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sandwich woman

a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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