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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

marvel

verb

to show or feel surprise or admiration

start

verb

to move suddenly because you are afraid or surprised by something

wonder

verb

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

shudder at

to be shocked by something

reel

verb

to feel very shocked, upset, or confused

boggle

verb

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

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

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