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    Thumbs up Can someone tell what is "caught off"?

    Hi,

    I can guess the meaning from the context of this sentence but I wish to know what exactly does this phrasal verb mean.

    "If you don't make an effort to know what your customers think, you can be caught off with balance when they go elsewhere.

    Thanks in advance,

    Peter

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    Re: Can someone tell what is "caught off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2005 View Post
    Hi,

    I can guess the meaning from the context of this sentence but I wish to know what exactly does this phrasal verb mean.

    "If you don't make an effort to know what your customers think, you can be caught off with balance when they go elsewhere.

    Thanks in advance,

    Peter
    caught off balance=be surprised

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    Re: Can someone tell what is "caught off"?

    I don't know what 'catch off with balance' means.
    However:

    catch off balance = suprised / confused

    catch off = It means
    to encounter something unexpected and be unprepared for it.

    But I don't know if "with balance" is wrong or if it has a (special) meaning.

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    Snowcake

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    Re: Can someone tell what is "caught off"?

    Thanks to you both for this clarification.

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