Caught unprepared, he took the full force of it on his cheek.
He wasn't likely to be caught unprepared in the wild country that surrounded their house.
He was evidently unprepared for what seems a novel condition (contrast Boaz in iii.
Discords must not be taken unprepared, because a singer can only find his note by a mental judgment, and in attacking a discord he has to find a note of which the harmonic meaning is at variance with that of other notes sung at the same time.
But the army was ill-equipped and unprepared; and Potemkin in an hysterical fit of depression gave everything up for lost, and would have resigned but for the steady encouragement of the empress.
Whitworth also warned them on the 10th of April that "the chief motives for delay are that they (the French) are totally unprepared for a naval war."
The course of the battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks bore some resemblance to that of Shiloh; a sharp attack found the Unionists unprepared, and only after severe losses and many partial defeats could McClellan check the rebel advance.
He pictures the world in the beginning: "total darkness, formless as yet, without tending of stars, the melancholy abyss, the earth unprepared, the heaven undevelopt.
Such a sage agrees in his thought with God; he no longer blames either God or man; he fails of nothing which he purposes and falls in with no misfortune unprepared; he indulges in neither anger nor envy nor jealousy; he is leaving manhood for godhead, and in his dead body his thoughts are concerned about his fellowship with God.
" Those who had thought it impossible that any impression could be made upon the House after the speech of Mr Disraeli had to acknowledge that a yet greater impression was produced by the unprepared reply of Mr Gladstone."
The force was caught partly unprepared soon after 2.30 P.M., arid severe fighting took place.
Fortunately, although the draft of an ultimatum was lying in the state secretary's office in Pretoria, the Boers, unprepared in departmental arrangements which are necessary in large military operations, were unable to take the field with the promptitude that the situation demanded.
The Mahommedans now formed a plot to oust the Christians, and treacherously massacred a number of their chiefs and then defeated their unprepared adherents.
Thus Russia entered upon the war both unprepared in a military sense, and almost entirely indifferent to its causes and its objects.
Riots at Naples in August 1893 and symptoms of unrest in Sicily found him, as usual, unprepared and vacillatin~.
The news caused the most widespread sensation, and public opinion in Italy was greatly agitated at what it regarded as an act of brigandage on the part of Austria, when Signor Tittoni in a speech at Carate Brianza (October 6th) declared that Italy might await events with serenity, and that these could find her neither unprepared nor isolated.
Surprised and unprepared though they were, the Danes, nevertheless, on the 2nd of April 180t, offered a gallant resistance; but their fleet was destroyed, their capital bombarded, and, abandoned by Russia, they were compelled to submit to a disadvantageous peace.
Neither must it be forgotten that in the previous war in 1745 an unhappy young lieutenant, Baker Phillips by name, whose captain had brought his ship into action unprepared, and who, when his superior was killed, surrendered the ship when she could no longer be defended, was shot by sentence of a courtmartial.
His measures were supported by Disraeli, who understood that Protection must bend to the menacing poverty of the time, though unprepared for total abolition of the corn tax and strongly of opinion that it was not for Peel to abolish it.
We are accustomed to say, that the mass of men are unprepared; but improvement is slow, because the few are not materially wiser or better than the many.
She pushed him back down, showing him just how unprepared he was to deal with anything.
to become a candidate for the throne of Poland; for the engagements into which he entered in order to secure the support of the emperor Charles VI.; for the shameless and ill-timed tergiversations of Saxony during the wars of the Austrian Succession; for the intrigues which entangled the electorate in the alliance against Frederick the Great, which led to the Seven Years' War; and for the waste and want of foresight which left the country utterly unprepared to resist the attack of the king of Prussia.
It is uncertain how far Charles was ignorant of the elector's preparations, but certainly he was unprepared for the attack made by Maurice and his allies in March 1552.
Again, such tribal forces were only levies gathered together for a few weeks at most, unprovided with military stores or the means of transport, and consequently generally unprepared to attack fortifications of any kind,' and liable to melt away as quickly as they were gathered together.
This appeared so unexpectedly that they were unprepared to take advantage of it at first, and allowed the rocky wall to swing around again before they had decided to pass over.
His breadth of human sympathy led him to positions which the comparative study of religions has made familiar, but for which his age was unprepared.
The conduct of Italy in declining the suggestions received from Count Andrssy and General Ignatiev on the eve of the RussoTurkish Warthat Italy should seek compensation in Tunisia for the extension of Austrian sway in the Balkansand in subsequently rejecting the German suggestion to come to an arrangement with Great Britain for the occupation of Tunisia as compensation for the British occupation of Cyprus, was certainly due to fear lest an attempt on Tunisia should lead to a war with France, for which Italy knew herself to be totally unprepared.
All wars were bad, but if they could not be evaded it was less extravagant to be ready than to rush to arms unprepared.
When, in the spring of 1769, the first serious campaign was opened by a simultaneous attack by three Russian armies on the principalities, the Crimea and the buffer state of Kabardia, the Turks, in spite of ample warning, were unprepared.
There is no doubt that, surprised by the suddenness of the French advance, they were caught unprepared.
nb Having scattered the Lincolnshire bands, he suddenly turned upon Warwick with his army, and caught him wholly unprepared.
He regretted the sudden outbreak of the revolution of February (1848), because it found the social reformers unprepared.
Nearly a week early on her monthly cycle, she was caught unprepared.
Little Deidre was going to have a rough go in Hell, especially when she discovered what it meant to have the Dark One as a mate, while past-Death was going to find herself unprepared for the mortal world.
We are unprepared or prepared to be unprepared, for the unexpected arrival of any Other.
The Americans were unprepared for the very high pressures encountered in wells at relatively shallow depths and suffered some blowouts as a result.
Weak and faint from the assassin's dagger, the emergency came upon the dying caliph unprepared.
catches the muscles unprepared to resist or overwhelms the muscles.
Natural or man-made disasters can prove devastating for an unprepared business.
He had considered every eventuality, from instant imprisonment to a freely given audience, hut he was totally unprepared for what now happened.
foolish virgins unprepared for the Master's return?
Often we are unprepared to cross a decade frontier.
prove devastating for an unprepared business.
Or foolish virgins unprepared for the Master's return?
In the Morea itself, in spite of plentiful warning, the Turks were wholly unprepared; while the bulk of the Ottoman army, under the seraskier Khurshid Pasha, was engaged in the long task of reducing the intrepid Ali, pasha of Iannina (see ALI, pasha of Iannina).
Paracelsus had seen how bodies were purified and intensified by chemical operations, and he thought if plants and minerals could be made to yield their active principles it would surely be better to employ these than the crude and unprepared originals.
For parents of premature babies, however, the surprise may be an early arrival date that finds you worried and unprepared.
Adoptive parents are often unprepared for this issue.
Also, with many preschool systems being out of commission during this portion of the year, some parents are simply unprepared for the long hours they will now be sharing with their dynamic two-year-old.
Going out into the fray is one thing, but going unprepared is another.
As a result, Paquin and her family were unprepared for the onslaught of offers that suddenly came their way.
As these dogs grow in popularity as family pets, caretakers may find themselves unprepared to care for the full-grown dog that was a cute puppy only a few short months before.
Further, if they are saving, they are unprepared for an anticipated longer lifespan often requiring employment past the age of 65, not by choice.
A person who is having thoughts of being unprepared or who is afraid of being thought of as a less than truthful personality might find themselves living that feeling in their dreams by being nude.
Poor performance: Being totally unprepared for a class or failing an important test is an anxiety-provoking dream that is common.
There's nothing more irritating than being caught off guard and unprepared!
You might feel unprepared when thrown into a project team.
Because congenital coarctation of the aorta is unpredicted, parents may be unprepared for the diagnosis and need careful, sensitive medical explanation by the pediatrician or surgeon.
Given research finding that retention does not help learning difficulties, the question remains regarding what to do with a child who is, for whatever reason, unprepared to move to the next grade.
Although the total IgG level may be normal, the imbalance in the types of IgG antibodies makes the B cells unprepared to fight all types of infection.
Looking over a summary may offer you a mental checklist to consult before jumping into the sales world unprepared.
Teen pregnancy is a huge incidence, resulting in teens giving birth unprepared and unequipped for the challenges of parenthood.
Many are relinquished because their owners bought a cute little puppy and found themselves unprepared for the care and needs of an adolescent or adult dog.
Potential staffers with experience will also spot the tin in your plan and won't be enticed to leave their secure positions for a stint with someone they consider to be unprepared.
Whatever you do, don't walk into the used car dealership completely unprepared.
When it became evident that the US was going to be sending over a million troops to the western front, the armed forces were severely unprepared.
The Dutch were unprepared, and suffered severely through the loss of their carrying trade, and De Witt resolved to bring about peace as soon as possible.
Prussia, however, was wholly unprepared for war; and, when this was realized, Radowitz, the foreign minister, who had so far pursued a vigorous policy, retired, and was replaced by Manteuffel, who, although the whole Prussian army was mobilized, began by making concessions.
In his fifth year, near Kadesh on the Orontes, his army was caught unprepared and divided by a strong force of chariots of the Hittites and their allies, and Rameses himself was placed in the most imminent danger; but through his personal courage the enemy was kept at bay till reinforcements came up and turned the disaster into a victory.
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