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be thrown off balance

1. To be made unsteady, such that one may fall. I was thrown off balance on my roller skates when that dog rushed by me and knocked into my legs.
2. To be confused, upset, or taken aback (by something). I was rather thrown off balance when Jenny said she wanted to have a baby.
See also: balance, off, thrown
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Nik, who is part of the "famous "Flying Wallendas" circus family, was forced to pause and crouch twice as he was nearly thrown off balance by gusts.
If you haven't planned for these situations, you may be thrown off balance when one occurs--and it will occur.
Reference to total amounts of prize-money in the IFHA table has continued to be thrown off balance by the fall in the euro's value, which the organisation uses as a common currency.
The quotidian dealings of a Spanish family in Paris are rudely thrown off balance by a fatal offscreen accident in "The Dream and the Silence," another oblique, demanding but ultimately rewarding work from Spanish scribe-helmer Jaime Rosales ("Solitary Fragment," "Bullet in the Head").
Scientists have long known that when we don't get enough sleep, certain body hormones are thrown off balance, such as ghrelin and leptin, which influence appetite.
In court, Mrs Justice Swift said: "You held that knife close to his body at all times creating the obvious risk that if you or he were to move suddenly or unexpectedly, or to be thrown off balance, he might suffer serious injury as a result.
But it was pressed home with such determination and spirit that Hitler's plans were thrown off balance and he feared that his troops at the head of his blitzkrieg would be cut off.
FOLLOWING the weekend's activities in Europe, the FTSE 100 stumbled into another week, thrown off balance by the continued weakness in the banking sector.
ENGLAND'S fast bowlers may have been thrown off balance by the absence of their injured leader - but that is an excuse which will not wash with their coach David Saker.
Cretz wrote that "Gaddafi has placed his sons on a succession high wire act, perpetually thrown off balance, in what might be a calculated effort by the aging leader to prevent any one of them from authoritatively gaining the prize," AL QUDS AL ARABI said.
I was more thrown off balance by the simple fact that something actually did happen.
With the defence thrown off balance when Pummi Singh lost the ball in midfield, goalkeeper Keith Distin was unable to prevent Chesterfield grabbing a lead that they protected until half-time.
Chefs at the five- star hotel where Bush stayed during his 60- hour visit to Delhi to seal the Indo- US civilian nuclear deal were thrown off balance when the workaholic president ignored the goodies laid out for him and demanded peanut butter sandwiches and burgers.