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knock (one) sideways

1. To impact one with physical force, either intentionally or unintentionally, resulting in pain, disorientation, etc. He wasn't going very fast at all, but it still knocked me sideways when the cyclist ran into me.
2. To shock, surprise, astonish, or bewilder one. The end of that trick always knocks the audience sideways. I love watching their faces as they desperately try to figure it out. It really knocked Stu sideways when Olivia announced she was leaving the company.
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knock someone sideways

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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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In another game against Warwickshire at Weston, your correspondent had a finger knocked sideways by a ball from Kenny Palmer.
Knocked sideways again at the fourth last fence, Marlborough eventually came through to win by two lengths from Hussard Collonges.
He got knocked sideways in the Stewards' Cup and I think he's long overdue a big sprint success.
Just as his pursuit of the truth hits a low, he's knocked sideways by a devastating revelation.
Wales definitely fizzed at the World Cup and look an outfit on the up who were undoubtedly mentally and physically knocked sideways by skipper Sam Warburton's early sending-off in their semi-final with France.
Second, Labour had spending under control before the world was knocked sideways.
The shocking scenes added to the wider malaise swamping the whole sector, which has been knocked sideways by a consumer spending squeeze, driven by high prices and low wages.
BLACKBURN were knocked sideways after being hit by an outbreak of swine flu.
Our momentum can be knocked sideways at any time," he said.
will be knocked sideways by the passion, noise and support we will give the lads on Tuesday.
Traipsing down the staircase with the usual paraphernalia of washing basket, bins and cup of tea attached to me, I find myself knocked sideways by four settee cushions heading in the opposite direction.
Anyone who recently attended the two concerts, which included the music of John Foulds, must have been knocked sideways by this wonderful music and the advocacy of Mr Oramo, who I understand will be recording it for prosperity.
My Albert Square insider says: "Barry will be knocked sideways by Natalie's pregnancy.
I had my seatbelt on but I was still knocked sideways and I spun the wagon to the left.
But sales projections were then knocked sideways when the bottom fell out of the luxury car market after the horror of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC.