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be knocked sideways

To be damaged or harmed, possibly beyond repair. Primarily heard in UK. Our economy has really been knocked sideways by the recession.
See also: knock, sideways

be knocked sideways

BRITISH
If something is knocked sideways, it is severely damaged, and may not recover. Most of the country's trade unions have been knocked sideways in the past decade. Confidence in the British legal system has been knocked sideways. Compare with knock someone sideways.
See also: knock, sideways
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We were fast just heard The parked knocked "The parked car had been knocked sideways across the street.
CHARITIES have already been knocked sideways by last month's Budget, which threatens to slash the millions they currently receive from wealthy benefactors.
The shocking scenes, which led to thousands of arrests across Britain's biggest cities, added to the wider malaise swamping the retail sector, which has been knocked sideways by a consumer spending squeeze, driven by high prices and low wages.
It was such a lovely wedding and the whole family has been knocked sideways.
A neighbour said: "Gazza has been knocked sideways by this - as if he didn't have enough problems.
In the last year McIlroy has been knocked sideways by the continual loss of senior players such Gerry Teggart, Steve Lomas and Jim Magilton with injuries, forcing him to blood youngsters such as the impressive Danny Griffin of Dundee United and Newcastle's Aaron Hughes.