Usage examples for aback

  1. Had Richard been struck in the face he would not have been more taken aback than he was by this short and cold speech. – Richard Dare's Venture by Edward Stratemeyer
  2. Taken aback, the other asked: " What's the matter?" – The Secret of Sarek by Maurice Leblanc
  3. It was so different from what he had expected that, for a moment, he was taken aback. – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  4. You never saw two people so taken aback. – The Visits of Elizabeth by Elinor Glyn
  5. She looked up, and even he was shocked, taken aback, by the strange look on her face. – Good Old Anna by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  6. At this point Gwen was quite taken aback by Mrs. Thrale saying:-" But they were not drowned?" – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  7. There was something so bold and direct in his utterance of the word that for a moment d'Aguilar seemed to be taken aback. – Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard
  8. I was so set aback that I didn't do anything for two or three minutes but stare at the stars. – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  9. Capsucefalo, a little taken aback, said it cost him four hundred sequins. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  10. She was taken aback. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  11. I said, for I was so taken aback and surprised that I didn't know what to say, the more so that Abram Bostock, Scudds, and the rest of them took their tone from the doctor, nodded their heads, and said, " Very well done, indeed!" – Seven Frozen Sailors by George Manville Fenn
  12. Flashman was taken aback, and retreated two steps. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  13. Stephen, taken aback, said that he did. – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009
  14. Walden was for a moment taken aback. – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  15. But Sir Lamorak was so sore bruised and short breathed, that he traced and traversed somewhat aback. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  16. Wendy and John had been taken aback somewhat at finding their father in the kennel. – Peter and Wendy by James Matthew Barrie
  17. The woman was quite taken aback: was that Wolfgang? – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  18. Thereupon our lord and husband was quite taken aback, turned pale with anger, and gave us, in the presence of the said princely personages, such a severe box on the ear, that on account of the vexatious nose- bleeding, brought on by this, we were obliged to leave the table. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II. by Gustav Freytag
  19. Rolfe was a little taken aback at this intelligence, and showed it. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson