throw someone off balance


throw someone off balance
throw (or catch) someone off balance
cause someone to become unsteady and in danger of falling
figurative confuse or bewilder someone

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • throw someone off balance — throw (someone) off balance to confuse or upset someone for a short time by saying or doing something that they are not expecting. I wasn t expecting any interaction with the audience and was thrown off balance by his question. (usually passive) …   New idioms dictionary

  • throw (or catch) someone off balance — make someone unsteady or catch someone unawares. → balance …   English new terms dictionary

  • throw off balance — throw (someone) off balance to confuse or upset someone for a short time by saying or doing something that they are not expecting. I wasn t expecting any interaction with the audience and was thrown off balance by his question. (usually passive) …   New idioms dictionary

  • off-balance — adj [not before noun] 1.) in an unsteady position and likely to fall throw/knock/push etc sb off balance ▪ The sudden movement of the ship knocked them both off balance. 2.) catch/throw sb off balance to surprise or shock someone because they are …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • off-balance — adjective never before noun 1. ) surprised by something unexpected: thrown/caught off balance: I was thrown completely off balance by their outrageous behavior. 2. ) in a position in which you feel you are going to fall down: throw/knock someone… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • off balance — 1) not steady or upright, for example because more weight is on one side That wheel is off balance. throw/knock someone/something off balance: He kept pulling my arm, throwing me off balance. 2) surprised, upset, or confused by something… …   English dictionary

  • catch off balance — {v. phr.} To confront someone with physical force or with a statement or question he or she is not prepared to answer or deal with; to exploit the disadvantage of another. * /The smaller wrestler caught his opponent off balance and managed to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch off balance — {v. phr.} To confront someone with physical force or with a statement or question he or she is not prepared to answer or deal with; to exploit the disadvantage of another. * /The smaller wrestler caught his opponent off balance and managed to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch\ off\ balance — v. phr. To confront someone with physical force or with a statement or question he or she is not prepared to answer or deal with; to exploit the disadvantage of another. The smaller wrestler caught his opponent off balance and managed to throw… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • throw — throw1 [ θrou ] (past tense threw [ θru ] ; past participle thrown [ θroun ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 send object through air ▸ 2 put quickly & carelessly ▸ 3 move (someone/something) suddenly ▸ 4 be forced to go to place ▸ 5 look etc. in direction ▸ 6… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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