throw (one) off balance

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throw (one) off balance

1. To be made unsteady, such that one may fall. That dog threw me off balance when he rushed by me and knocked into my legs.
2. To be confused, upset, or taken aback (by something). 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