I was so taken aback by the claim that I telephoned Sheikh to ask whether it was true.
Many former social secretaries were taken aback and grumbled discreetly among themselves.
I was too taken aback to respond but after that first night, whenever I spoke to the police they made me feel ashamed.
I was taken aback, almost breathlessly waiting for the promised plan as I watched him on TV three weeks ago.
Jones, the face of the burgeoning organization, has been taken aback by the acceleration of interest.
If she can be brought head to the wind, and the sails be taken aback, she may cast on the other tack.
Captain Sam was so taken aback that he was almost speechless.
Donnegan was taken aback again, and this time more strongly than by the flare of light against his eyes.
Asaph was taken aback, but he recovered promptly, as he had before.
By the extraordinary irrelevancy of this anecdote, I am so taken aback that, for a moment, I am unable to utter.
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.