bowl over


bowled over; bowling over; bowls over

transitive verb

: to take unawares

Examples of bowl over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back in the 16th century, Venetian merchants arriving here were bowled over by the booming trade in play. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Apr. 2024 James Houghton, who founded the Signature and was the head of the Juilliard drama division, was bowled over by her work. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Last month, Sean experienced another notable dad experience — that feeling of being bowled over by your child's adorableness. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 Pour any remaining butter mixture in bowl over potato mixture. Anna Theoktisto, Southern Living, 24 Dec. 2023 Get ready to be bowled over by a renegade Wagon Wheel Watusi, because Christina Aguilera just delivered one of the most stunning celebrity Halloween costumes of the year., 31 Oct. 2023 The New York Times was not bowled over, but a critic for the New York World gave her performance full marks. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 While the film refuses to hold your hand in exploring such heady themes, those who give themselves over to Nolan's vision will be bowled over by its advanced storytelling on such a grand scale. Janey Tracey and Kevin Jacobsen,, 5 Aug. 2023 Place 1/2 cup cream and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the top of a double boiler over water or in a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Kathleen Purvis, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowl over was in 1867

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“Bowl over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bowl over

: to hit and knock down while quickly moving past
: to greatly surprise or impress
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