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 for unawares
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Unawares \Un`a*wares"\, adv.
     Without design or preparation; suddenly; without
     premeditation, unexpectedly. "Mercies lighting unawares."
     --J. H. Newman.
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           Lest unawares we lose
           This our high place, our sanctuary, our hill. --Milton.
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     At unaware, or At unawares, unexpectedly; by surprise.
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              He breaks at unawares upon our walks. --Dryden.
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              So we met
              In this old sleepy town at unaware.   --R. Browning.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: without forethought or plan; inadvertently; "came upon
             the diamond unawares"
      2: 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: at a disadvantage; "I was caught short" [syn: short,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  55 Moby Thesaurus words for "unawares":
     aback, abruptly, accidentally, bang, by accident, by surprise,
     dash, guiltlessly, hastily, ignorantly, impetuously, implausibly,
     improbably, impulsively, inadvertently, innocently, insensibly,
     like a flash, like a thunderbolt, mistakenly, of a sudden,
     off base, on short notice, plop, plump, plunk, pop, precipitantly,
     precipitately, precipitously, sharp, short, slap, smack,
     startlingly, sudden, suddenly, surprisingly, unanticipatedly,
     unaware, unconsciously, unexpectedly, unforeseeably, unguiltily,
     unintentionally, unknowingly, unmindfully, unpredictably,
     unprepared, unready, unsuspectingly, unwittingly, without notice,
     without warning, witlessly

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