do something unawares

do something without knowing

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • unawares — un|a|wares [ˌʌnəˈweəz US ˈwerz] adv 1.) take/catch sb unawares if something takes you unawares, it happens when you are not expecting it and are not prepared ▪ The question caught me completely unawares. 2.) formal without noticing ▪ We had… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unawares — [[t]ʌ̱nəwe͟ə(r)z[/t]] PHRASE: V inflects If something catches you unawares or takes you unawares, it happens when you are not expecting it. Investors and currency dealers were caught completely unawares by the Bundesbank s action... The suspect… …   English dictionary

  • unawares — adverb 1 take/catch sb unawares to happen or to do something in a way that someone was not expecting and so was not prepared for: Caught unawares like that, I was unable to think of an excuse. 2 formal without noticing: We had walked unawares… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • unawares — /ʌnəˈwɛəz / (say unuh wairz) adverb 1. while not aware or conscious of a thing oneself; unknowingly or inadvertently. 2. while another is not aware of or ready for something; unexpectedly: *As I watched, a paroxysm of vomiting caught him unawares …   Australian English dictionary

  • take unawares —    If something takes you unawares, it surprises you because you were not expecting it.     His angry reaction took me unawares …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • slip something over — phrasal : to foist something on another : get the better of another by trickery or taking him unawares …   Useful english dictionary

  • surprise — surprisedly /seuhr pruy zid lee, pruyzd , seuh /, adv. surpriser, n. /seuhr pruyz , seuh /, v., surprised, surprising, n. v.t. 1. to strike or occur to with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, as through unexpectedness: Her beauty… …   Universalium

  • surprise — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Unexpectedness Nouns surprise, nonexpectation, unexpectedness, the unforeseen, unforeseen contingency or circumstances, miscalculation, astonishment, wonder, thunderclap, turn, blow, shock, bolt from the …   English dictionary for students

  • catch — 1 verb past tense and past participle caught 1 STOP/TRAP SB (T) a) to stop someone after you have been chasing them and prevent them from escaping: You can t catch me! she yelled, running away across the field. | If the guerrillas catch you, they …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • surprise — /səˈpraɪz / (say suh pruyz) verb (t) (surprised, surprising) 1. to come upon suddenly and unexpectedly; catch (a person, etc.) in the act of doing something; discover (a thing) suddenly. 2. to assail, attack, or capture suddenly or without… …   Australian English dictionary

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