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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It knocks you sideways and life changes forever, we have him and we are forever grateful.
M, Gemini, Ayrshire A betrayal such as this knocks you sideways but you will in time find yourself able to detach the event from all of the good years you enjoyed.
Hardly surprising since the frontage is smothered in bloom, a riot of colour which really knocks you sideways courtesy of planters of every kind.
It knocks you sideways but I'll be ready for it next time.
They always chuck in a curve ball 10 minutes from the end that knocks you sideways.
It's the sort of terrible news that knocks you sideways but has only served to make us more determined.
It's the sort of news that knocks you sideways but has only served to make us more determined.
Publicity can actually kill the thrill of seeing a movie, but sometimes, even after all the hype, if you're really lucky, the film knocks you sideways.
There's a shock at the end, and then another twist - a real turn-round that knocks you sideways.