to be surprised, shocked or confused about something
I was taken aback when your mother asked if I’m having trouble getting pregnant.
My friend was taken aback when I asked him if he smokes weed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The idiom ‘taken aback’ means “to deal with a difficult situation without being harmed or damaged”
Example usage of idiom ‘taken aback’: Newspapers have weathered the storm of online information by providing news online themselves.