from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A taking by surprise, as when one is not on his guard; an unexpected onset when one is unprepared.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A taking by surprise; an unexpected onset or attack.
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Recently another study showed how meditators often fared better than their nap-taking counterparts in mitigating the effects of sleep deprivation.
I think for most people who think of Churchill as being sort of a roly-poly, cigar-smoking, nap-taking drinker, the idea that he was a polo champion was sort of surprising.