- He snapped the question out so quickly that I was somewhat taken aback, and he began again, without waiting for an answer. - "A Top-Floor Idyl", George van Schaick.
- Tom was so taken aback that he made no effort to follow. - "Tom Brown at Oxford", Thomas Hughes.
- They had not long to wait; in little over a couple of minutes Captain Leicester's voice was heard giving the order to shift the helm- the brig having in the meantime gone round until she was head to wind with her canvas flat aback- and to trim over the head- sheets. - "The Voyage of the Aurora", Harry Collingwood.