Be Taken Aback – Idiom Of The Day For IELTS


Be Taken Aback – Idiom Of The Day For IELTS Speaking.


were very surprised (If a boat is taken aback, it is suddenly attacked from behind.)


We were taken aback when Ben announced his resignation.

“He was taken aback by her reaction.”

“Everybody was taken aback because of the death of their boss.”


  1. Choose the suitable idiom to complete the sentence below.
    “After the test, she was ___________ when she received her result.”
    A. upset the applecart
    B. took the wind of her sails
    C. taken aback
    D. was on thin ice
  2. Describe the time when you overcame the fear . Try to use this idiom in your speech. You should say:
    – When it happened
    – Where it happened
    – What you overcame
    And explain why you feel fear it
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