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 ?
that while I purposed to hunt another, I am myself fallen unawares into the snares of death.
Doubtless the good man has spent many a studious hour in this old chair, either penning a sermon or reading some abstruse book of theology, till midnight came upon him unawares.
Men discover themselves in trust, in passion, at unawares, and of necessity, when they would have somewhat done, and cannot find an apt pretext.
And behold, thereby came he unawares also to the gate of the GREAT CITY.
Michael Vanstone unawares with the legitimate weapons of her sex.
The attack was so unprovoked that Stroeve, taken unawares, was defenceless.
And he had been indeed caught unawares, and at the first moment when she spoke to him of her position, his heart had prompted him to beg her to leave her husband.
In the spiritual world, the old physician and the minister -- mutual victims as they have been -- may, unawares, have found their earthly stock of hatred and antipathy transmuted into golden love.
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.
Captain Jones - let us call him Jones - had been caught unawares.
Those were slow, silent, often turbid; flowing over beds of mud into which the incautious wader might sink and vanish unawares.
You are not taking me unawares, you know," said he.