American Idioms and Expressions

Caught Unaware Idiom

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caught unaware
What does caught unaware mean?
to be surprised and unprepared for somethingEverybody was caught unaware by the sudden change in government policy.
caught unaware
What does caught unaware mean?
to be surprised and unprepared for something Everybody was caught unaware by the change in government policy.


Some Random Idioms
come out of the closet
What does "come out of the closet" mean?
to reveal one's secret interests, to reveal that one is gay Nobody was surprised when my cousin came out of the closet.

across the board
What does "across the board" mean?
applying to all (in horse racing a bet where an equal amount of money is placed on a horse to finish in any top winning position) applying to all (in horse racing a bet where an equal amount of money is placed on a horse to finish in any top winning position)The workers received an across the board wage increase and most of them were happy.
saddle (someone) with (something)
What does "saddle (someone) with (something)" mean?
to give someone something undesirable or difficult to deal withI try not to saddle my friend with the problems that I am having at work.
you can lead/take a horse to water but you can't make him drink
What does "you can lead/take a horse to water but you can't make him drink" mean?
you can give someone the opportunity to do something but you can't get him or her to do it if they don't want toThe woman took her children to the park but they were not interested in playing in the playground. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
take on (someone)
What does "take on (someone)" mean?
to give a job to someone, to hire/employ someoneThe factory took on fifty new employees last month.
have a stake in (something)
What does "have a stake in (something)" mean?
to have part ownership of a company or other business The large oil company has a stake in the new oil exploration company.

blind leading the blind
What does "blind leading the blind" mean?
someone who does not know how to do something himself or herself tries to explain it to another person It was like the blind leading the blind when I tried to help my friend fix his car. I do not know anything about cars.

a kick-off
What does "a kick-off" mean?
a startThe kick-off for the no smoking campaign will start next week.
the moment of truth
What does "the moment of truth" mean?
the point where someone has to face the reality of a situationThe moment of truth for the sprinter came when the final qualifying race for the Olympics began.

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