To be taken aback

Related to To be taken aback: out of whack, To Say the Least, pale in comparison
To be driven backward against the mast; - said of the sails, also of the ship when the sails are thus driven.
To be suddenly checked, baffled, or discomfited.
- Dickens.
See under Aback, Advantage, etc.

See also: Aback, Aback, Take

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in periodicals archive ?
AM I the only Journal reader to be taken aback by the comments of Chief Superintendent Jon Stratford from Avon and Somerset Police (The Journal, January 3)?
I AM sure that I am not the only person to be taken aback by Esther McVey's letter (Daily Post, May 27) concerning MPs' expenses.