unawares


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un·a·wares

 (ŭn′ə-wârz′)
adv.
1. By surprise; unexpectedly: "Sorrow comes to all; and to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares" (Abraham Lincoln).
2. Without forethought or plan: discovered that he had unawares given offense. See Usage Note at unaware.

unawares

(ˌʌnəˈwɛəz)
adv
1. without prior warning or plan; unexpectedly: she caught him unawares.
2. without being aware of or knowing: he lost it unawares.

un•a•wares

(ˌʌn əˈwɛərz)

adv.
1. unknowingly or inadvertently.
2. without warning; unexpectedly: to find someone unawares.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.unawares - without forethought or planunawares - without forethought or plan; inadvertently; "came upon the diamond unawares"
2.unawares - suddenly and unexpectedlyunawares - suddenly and unexpectedly; "rain caught them unawares"; "sorrow comes to all, and to the young it comes with bittered agony because it takes them unawares"- A.Lincoln
3.unawares - at a disadvantage; "I was caught short"

unawares

adverb
1. by surprise, unprepared, off guard, suddenly, unexpectedly, abruptly, aback, without warning, on the hop (Brit. informal), caught napping The suspect was taken unawares.
by surprise prepared, on the lookout, forewarned
2. unknowingly, unwittingly, unconsciously They were entertaining an angel unawares.
unknowingly knowingly, wittingly

unawares

adverb
Without adequate preparation:
Idiom: by surprise.
Translations

unawares

[ˈʌnəˈwɛəz] ADVsin saberlo, sin darse cuenta
to catch or take sb unawarespillar a algn desprevenido

unawares

[ˌʌnəˈwɛərz] advau dépourvu
to catch sb unawares, to take sb unawares → prendre qn au dépourvu

unawares

adv (= by surprise)unerwartet; (= accidentally)unbeabsichtigt, versehentlich; (= without knowing)unwissentlich; to catch or take somebody unawaresjdn überraschen

unawares

[ˌʌnəˈwɛəz] adv to catch or take sb unawaresprendere qn alla sprovvista
References in classic literature ?
I know just what I should say, for I've planned it all, so I needn't be taken unawares.
Yes," said Hepzibah, with something bitter stealing unawares into her tone; "my cousin Jaffrey is thought to have a very pleasant smile
I shall feel myself shudder, suddenly and unawares.
Fourth: Stealing unawares upon the whale in the fancied security of the middle of solitary seas, you find him unbent from the vast corpulence of his dignity, and kitten-like, he plays on the ocean as if it were a hearth.
It had been the task of his recent life to fight them down, to crush them out of him, never in his life would he have suffered from them again, save that they had caught him unawares, and overwhelmed him before he could protect himself.
The Hair Trunk is not hurled at the stranger's head--so to speak--as the chief feature of an immortal work so often is; no, it is carefully guarded from prominence, it is subordinated, it is restrained, it is most deftly and cleverly held in reserve, it is most cautiously and ingeniously led up to, by the master, and consequently when the spectator reaches it at last, he is taken unawares, he is unprepared, and it bursts upon him with a stupefying surprise.
I had to get out of it on some pretext or other, and maybe I chose badly, being taken unawares, but no honorable person could consent to meet him in the field, knowing what I knew about him.
Misgivings came; they grew troubled and unhappy; a sigh or two escaped, unawares.
She appeared to be cross-questioning me, attempting to draw from me information unawares.
Michael Vanstone unawares with the legitimate weapons of her sex.
At last his Sail-broad Vannes He spreads for flight, and in the surging smoak Uplifted spurns the ground, thence many a League As in a cloudy Chair ascending rides Audacious, but that seat soon failing, meets A vast vacuitie: all unawares Fluttring his pennons vain plumb down he drops Ten thousand fadom deep, and to this hour Down had been falling, had not by ill chance The strong rebuff of som tumultuous cloud Instinct with Fire and Nitre hurried him As many miles aloft: that furie stay'd, Quencht in a Boggie SYRTIS, neither Sea, Nor good dry Land: nigh founderd on he fares, Treading the crude consistence, half on foot, Half flying; behoves him now both Oare and Saile.
The physician bowed and took his leave, esteeming himself somewhat fortunate in escaping without being reproached for his humanity in having allowed Henrietta to die unawares.