be knocked sideways

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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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Matthew Holdcroft said: "The victim was knocked sideways and spun around.
I WAS knocked sideways this week on hearing that Mark Linkous, founder of the acclaimed alternative rock band Sparklehorse had died.
The impact of the crash was so severe that a corner of the house was knocked sideways and the building was in danger of collapsing.
I was gazing into a large glass case, trying to decide between the dolce latte and the Gorgonzola, the coppa and the Parma ham when the whole business was knocked sideways by an overwhelming feeling of the presence of God.
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