unawares

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 walked unawares over the border.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Unawares — Un a*wares , adv. Without design or preparation; suddenly; without premeditation, unexpectedly. Mercies lighting unawares. J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster] Lest unawares we lose This our high place, our sanctuary, our hill. Milton. [1913 Webster] {At …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unawares — [un΄ə werz′] adv. 1. without knowing or being aware; unintentionally 2. unexpectedly; suddenly; by surprise [to sneak up on someone unawares] …   English World dictionary

  • unawares — index unknowingly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unawares — (adv.) 1530s, without being aware, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + AWARE (Cf. aware) + adverbial genitive s. Meaning without being noticed is recorded from 1660s. Form unaware is recorded from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • unawares — [adv] without warning; suddenly aback, abruptly, accidentally, by accident, by mistake, by surprise, carelessly, ignorantly, inadvertently, mistakenly, off guard, short, sudden, surprisingly, unconsciously, unexpectedly, unintentionally,… …   New thesaurus

  • unawares — (also unaware) ► ADVERB ▪ so as to surprise; unexpectedly …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 — unaware, unawares 1. The adjective unaware is used predicatively (i.e. after a verb) and is followed either by of or by a that clause: • She still seemed unaware of the peril that she was in M. Lide, 1991 • Quite unaware that he had a month s… …   Modern English usage

  • 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 — adv. unexpectedly to catch smb. unawares * * * [ˌʌnə weəz] [ unexpectedly ] to catch smb. unawares …   Combinatory dictionary

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