knock (one) off (one's) feet

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knock (one) off (one's) feet

To thoroughly impress, overwhelm, or excite one. The show of support from everyone just knocked me off my feet. The final 30 minutes of the film completely knocked me off my feet.
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off someone's feet

1. sweep or carry or knock off someone's feet . Overwhelm someone emotionally; infatuate someone; make a very favorable impression on someone. For example, Winning first prize knocked her off her feet, or With his little gifts and gallant behavior, he swept her off her feet, or That fine speech carried him off his feet. The term using sweep dates from about 1900, carry from the mid-1800s, and knock from the early 1900s.
2. run or rush someone off his or her feet . Work someone to the point of exhaustion, hurry or pressure someone, as in With all the preparations, they've been running me off my feet, or The waiters were rushed off their feet. These hyperbolic expressions allude to running or hurrying so much that one falls down. The first dates from the mid-1800s; the second was first recorded as rushed off one's legs in 1916.
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Gauge the depth of it, avoid water more than 10cm (4in) deep and pay attention to warning signs/lights; | Remember that a foot of flowing water is enough to move the average family car - and just half of that is enough to knock you off your feet; | Drive slowly and steadily - don't make a bow wave.
Horses were evacuated and a torrent of water rushed through her stable yard, "enough to knock you off your feet."
"Remember that a foot of flowing water is enough to move the average car and six inches can knock you off your feet."
"Large waves could overtop defences and throw up debris - this could easily cause injury or knock you off your feet."
"Flu can knock you off your feet and make it hard to look after the children or go to work.
She uses her words to tackle the most controversial issues in a way that will knock you off your feet. As a poetry venue we are obliged to expose Wichita to the art of Slam Poetry; and what a great way to start off: with a performance by this award-winning poet/activist/woman.
Six inches of moving water is enough to knock you off your feet.
"It will knock you off your feet for a good week and it will probably take you two or three weeks to feel better."
I've only got from 4pm to 5pm to make it and there are some strong currents in the Humber which can knock you off your feet.
'The whole area was flooded and the waves were lashing across the causeway and the wind was enough to knock you off your feet.'
The most familiar aspect of the flu is the way it can "knock you off your feet" as it sweeps through entire communities.
"The scent alone can knock you off your feet, so we have to wear full face masks when we're handling the chilli powder, along with gloves, to ensure it doesn't touch our skin."
It only takes ankle-deep water to knock you off your feet.
You can be running at such pace that it doesn't take a lot to knock you off your feet or unbalance you.
They are not very big but the venom they hold is eight times stronger than a rattlesnake and it can knock you off your feet."