Taken aback

What does "Taken aback" mean?

Today it means: Surprised, shocked, un-expected

Aback simply mean backwards. On a sailing ship if the wind suddenly changed so that the sails were pressed against the masts instead of pushing the ship along we would say "we backed the sails" but the old way of saying it would be "the sails were taken aback".

See also: Backing  and: Veering 

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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