Taken Aback (Origin)
What Is the Origin of the Saying "Taken Aback"?The term taken aback means to be surprised to the extent of being stopped in your tracks. Aback is a nautical term. It means a sudden change in wind direction. When a sail ship encounters an aback, it slows considerably and can even be driven backwards.
Examples of Use:
- She was taken aback by his sudden anger.
- When I told my parents I'd dropped out, they were completely taken aback.
- We were all taken aback after learning he'd returned to India.
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