- having the wind against the forward side of the sails;
"the ship came up into the wind with all yards aback"
- by surprise;
"taken aback by the caustic remarks"
- He appeared taken aback.
- I was both delighted and taken aback.
- I was rather taken aback by his rudeness.
- We were all taken aback by the news of Prince's divorce.
- aback:aback adv. 向后地习惯用语be taken aback 突遇逆风 吓了一跳…