Meaning & Definition of Aback in English
1. Having the wind against the forward side of the sails
- "The ship came up into the wind with all yards aback"
2. By surprise
- "Taken aback by the caustic remarks"
Examples of using
When I had just arrived in Switzerland, I was completely taken aback by the prices.
I was completely taken aback by her reasoning.
I was quite taken aback at their bad manners.
When I first met him, I was taken aback by his unexpected question.
I was taken aback by his rudeness.
I was taken aback by the news.
Walter was taken aback by John's cruel insult.
I was taken aback at the answer.
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