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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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be knocked sideways

To be damaged or harmed, possibly beyond repair. Primarily heard in UK. Our economy has really been knocked sideways by the recession.
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knock someone for a loop

1. Fig. to strike someone hard. You really knocked me for a loop. I hope that was an accident. DI was really knocked for a loop by the falling branch.
2. and throw someone for a loop Fig. to confuse or shock someone. (This is more severe and upsetting than throw someone a curve.) When Bill heard the news, it threw him for a loop. The manager knocked Bob for a loop by firing him on the spot.
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knock for a loop

Also, throw for a loop; knock down or over with a feather ; knock sideways. Overcome with surprise or astonishment, as in The news of his death knocked me for a loop, or Being fired without any warning threw me for a loop, or Jane was knocked sideways when she found out she won. The first two of these hyperbolic colloquial usages, dating from the first half of the 1900s, allude to the comic-strip image of a person pushed hard enough to roll over in the shape of a loop. The third hyperbolic term, often put as You could have knocked me down with a feather, intimating that something so light as a feather could knock one down, dates from the early 1800s; the fourth was first recorded in 1925.
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look sideways at

Glance at suspiciously or amorously, as in I'm sure the detective was looking sideways at me, and it made me very nervous, or They were looking sideways at each other, and I don't think it was innocent. [Mid-1800s] Also see look askance.
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be knocked sideways

If something is knocked sideways, it is severely damaged, and may not recover. Most of the country's trade unions have been knocked sideways in the past decade. Confidence in the British legal system has been knocked sideways. Compare with knock someone sideways.
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knock someone sideways

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, it is not the sideways profile of the arrow, but rather the drag of the arrow that determines how fast that air mass is going to push the arrow sideways.
In the Chicago incident, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that mechanics at a firm under contract to United had installed a shock absorber assembly incorrectly, allowing the nose gear to turn sideways.
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Since the big screen success of Sideways, which is released on DVD on May 16, tourist trade in the area has increased by 40 per cent.
That movie," which is denying me my wine, is Sideways, the surprise hit that has transformed life at Sanford and everywhere else in the Santa Ynez Valley.
CANADA Open date The Aviator 100 12/17/04 Million Dollar Baby 90 12/15/04 Ray 75 10/29/04 Sideways 70 10/22/04 Finding Neverland 51 11/12/04 U.
Fans of the film Sideways, currently showing, may be amused to learn it appears to have hit sales of Merlot wine.
Despite some fine performances from Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen and Thomas Haden Church, perhaps the real star of Sideways is the wine.
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Sideways is that film, which I found tedious at times but which finally won me over.
Nominees for best picture are The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, Ray and Sideways.
The 52-year-old faces competition from Kevin Bacon for The Woodsman, Jeff Bridges for The Door in The Floor, Jamie Fox for Redemption and Paul Giamatti for Sideways.
Popovich notes that in this configuration, as mixed material falls from the pan, the magnet pulls the ferrous product sideways instead of lifting it vertically.
A new forklift truck with four different steering modes (standard, sideways, diagonal, and circular) can maneuver 40-ft-long pipe and film rolls through aisles as narrow as 94 in.
In Water Motor, Brown, dressed in loose mint-colored trousers and lilac leotard, swings her legs and arms loosely, her body sometimes tilting sideways, sometimes undulating so that the arms curve into seemingly involuntary shapes.