“Taken Aback” (surprised by circumstances)

By definition, a square-rigged vessel is said to be “taken aback” when her sails billow out in reverse due to a sudden, unforseen wind shift or inattention on the part of the helmsman.  The vessel’s forward motion stops and everything is reversed.  In a figurative sense, one is “taken aback” by a sudden or surprising turn of events.

Seafaring Words in Everyday Speech – Olivia A. Isil

About Ancil W. Jones

I am a Christian, Husband, Father, Grandfather, DoD employee, retired Navy Hospital Corpsman Chief Petty Officer, Disabled American Veteran Service Officer and real estate broker licensed in North Carolina. Please contact me for local information, relocation information and referral assistance. I will also be happy to answer any of your real estate questions. Contact me as well for information regarding the Disabled American Veterans and/or assistance with any claim you may have or wish to submit with the VA. May God's blessings be upon the United States of America and all those that serve to protect our way of life.
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