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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If you do find yourself in a situation where you have to use your gun, with the heel of your weak hand, strike your attacker hard in the upper body to throw him off balance and create some distance while drawing your gun.
A TAXI driver who saw his passenger pointing a gun at a man outside a social club slammed on his brakes to throw him off balance.
The Serbian world number one performed the splits and pulled off lunging volleys as Berdych tried to throw him off balance by bombarding the 2011 champion's half of the court with an onslaught of winners.
Everyone should stand up together and take whatever you have and throw it at their heads - pillows, books, magazines - anything that will throw him off balance and distract his attention.
The driver thought Davidson was threatening him with a knife and accelerated in a bid to throw him off balance Glyn Samuel, prosecuting, told the hearing.