knock (one) sideways

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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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Some of these suggestions have knocked us sideways in the nicest possible way.
Unfortunately we had a penalty awarded against us at a key moment and it knocked us sideways.
Kittow said: "Unfortunately we had a virus in the yard for the first three months of last season - it knocked us sideways and we never really recovered from the early setback.
It knocked us sideways and we lost confidence with the ball and with the bat.
I was expecting a wee flourish from us if we had been able to stay with 11 on but having one sent off knocked us sideways.
When it went in, it knocked us sideways for five minutes and got us thinking, 'we've gone behind how did that happen'.
We have fought very hard to survive and it hasn't been easy as the foot-and-mouth really knocked us sideways,' she said.
We thought we might attract a couple of dozen kids if we were lucky, but the response we got absolutely knocked us sideways, " declared club secretary Trevor Webb.
Dad meant the world to us and this has knocked us sideways, my mum is in pieces.
The next piece of action City had up the field, they scored, which was the one, I think, that knocked us sideways.
It knocked us sideways but they are coming back, if all too late.
But his resignation has knocked us sideways and we need to move quickly if we are to retain the players we have and secure the future of the club.
Wolves caretaker manager Stuart Gray said: "When Rotherham scored it knocked us sideways, but once we got back in to it we totally dominated.
To come home to such a wonderful welcome has knocked us sideways.