off guard

off guard
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (usually used with the verb "catch")
a. desprevenido
The political question caught the beauty pageant contestant off guard.La pregunta política cogió desprevenida a la concursante de belleza.
b. por sorpresa
My in-laws' unexpected visit caught me off guard.La visita inesperada de mis parientes políticos me agarró por sorpresa.
c. descuidado
The gust of wind caught him off guard, and he fell overboard.La ráfaga de viento lo agarró descuidado y cayó por la borda.
d. con la guardia baja
Caught off guard, I had to ask for time to prepare a speech.Cogido con la guardia baja, tuve que pedir más tiempo para preparar un discurso.
e. fuera de base
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The announcement took the whole student body off guard.El anuncio tomó a todo el alumnado fuera de base.
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