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 for take aback
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  take aback
      v 1: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored
           when I heard that I was promoted" [syn: shock, floor,
           ball over, blow out of the water, take aback]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  19 Moby Thesaurus words for "take aback":
     abash, appall, astound, bowl down, bowl over, confound, discomfit,
     disconcert, dismay, electrify, frighten, jar, jolt, put out, shake,
     shock, stagger, startle, stun

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