throw (one) off balance

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throw (one) off balance

1. To make one unsteady, such that one may fall. That dog threw me off balance when he knocked into my legs.
2. To confuse or upset one, typically by doing something unexpected. Jenny threw me off balance when she said she wanted to have a baby.
See also: balance, off, throw

throw someone off balance

 
1. Lit. to cause someone to falter (and probably fall). The cyclist bumped into me and threw me off balance. I was thrown off balance by the gust of wind.
2. Fig. to confuse or disorient one. Your last question sort of threw me off balance. The teacher was thrown off balance by the students' difficult questions.
See also: balance, off, throw

throw someone off balance

COMMON If something that you are not expecting throws you off balance, it suddenly confuses or surprises you. His visit had thrown her off-balance. Her directness seemed designed to throw him off balance. Note: Verbs such as knock and catch are sometimes used instead of throw. Mullins knocked me off balance with his sudden change of subject.
See also: balance, off, someone, throw
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A court in Scotland heard how his assistant Alan Thompson grabbed his attacker's clothes and threw him off balance after the man ran at him during the second half of a tense encounter with Hearts.
He was not helped by an unexpected enforced switch in goal after Thomas Sorensen's early second-half collision with a post after a challenge from the unwitting Pogatetz threw him off balance.
To be fair, though, Lafata's mis-hit threw him off balance MARK DELANEY: Looked rusty at times, which was understandable given his lack of playing time for Aston Villa.
The small-caliber bullet struck his foot and threw him off balance.
I grabbed one and threw him off balance and had just turned to the other when I heard a loud bang and felt a searing pain go through my right calf.