knock (one) sideways

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knock (one) sideways

1. To cause one to topple over as a result of a very forceful impact. The cyclist wasn't going very fast at all, but he still knocked me sideways when he ran into me. The child was standing at the edge of the beach when a large wave knocked her sideways.
2. To shock, surprise, astonish, or bewilder one, especially in a distressing or upsetting manner. I know the death of his mother really knocked Tom sideways. It knocked everyone in the company sideways when Olivia announced that she was leaving.
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knock someone sideways

BRITISH
If something knocks you sideways, it makes you feel amazed, confused, or very upset. What knocks most visitors sideways is the sheer power and beauty of the place. Something like this, a huge shock, completely knocks you sideways. Compare with be knocked sideways.
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knock someone sideways

affect someone very severely; make someone severely depressed or unable to cope. informal
1998 Penelope Lively Spiderweb It's always knocked me sideways—the thought of what we carry around, stashed away.
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knock somebody ˈsideways

(informal) surprise or shock somebody so much that they are unable to react immediately: Losing his job has really knocked him sideways.
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"So they gave him a massive dose of something else which knocked him sideways, but brought him out of the seizure.
Held up early on, he didn't really have anywhere to go in the straight and, when trying to make some headway over a furlong out, he received a bump that knocked him sideways and pretty much ended his participation in the race.
"The fall in that race really knocked him sideways, so it was very nice to see him come back and enjoy himself.
The move up the order to number four to allow Ben Stokes to bat at six has knocked him sideways and he has looked a pale shadow of his former self in recent weeks.
"His death had really knocked him sideways. He has been offered a new contract but he wonders now whether he will even continue playing."
In 2000 the wildlife presenter was diagnosed with clinical depression -an illness which came out of the blue and knocked him sideways.
That is, apart from key man Ramunas Stonkus - the trip, including a three hour flight from Vilnius, had knocked him sideways.
VIEWERS are seeing a revitalised and upbeat Gary Barlow on The X Factor - following the trauma that knocked him sideways in the last series.
Cattermole (left) made a blistering start on Wearside before a serious knee injury knocked him sideways, both physically and mentally, and he feels he still has much to prove.
"It knocked him sideways for a week, but his improvement in the past five days has been unbelievable.
He added: "His death had really knocked him sideways - he has been offered a new contract but he wonders now whether he will even continue playing".
Benmadigan looked about to land a first victory when Olmeto Collonges came from his ride side and knocked him sideways.
It knocked him sideways and would have been enough to make most kids back down.
It was his first run since we gelded him after the Northumberland Plate and gelding him absolutely knocked him sideways.
1 but it really knocked him sideways that it didn't even make the Top 40.