English version

much to somebody’s surprise/embarrassment etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmuch to somebody’s surprise/embarrassment etcmuch to somebody’s surprise/embarrassment etcformalVERY used to say that someone feels very surprised, embarrassed etc when something happens Much to my relief, the conversation turned to another topic. much
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much to somebody’s surprise/embarrassment etcAnd he was still sober, much to her surprise.And much to everyone's surprise he won it.A week later, much to my surprise, I was told my order must be changed.But he has written a steamy thriller, much to the surprise of his conservative minions.So now he is clubbed to death instead, much to the surprise of the audience.Those questions were asked in front of a packed gymnasium, much to the Surprise of the state officials who attended.Pitsligo died there in 1767, head, much to his surprise, still firmly attached to his unrepentant shoulders.
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