knock (someone or something) for a loop

Definition of knock (someone or something) for a loop

US, informal

  1. 1 :  to cause (someone) to be very amazed, confused, or shocked The news of her death really knocked me for a loop.

  2. 2 :  to damage or ruin (something) The town's economy has been knocked for a loop by the factory's closing. The news has knocked the stock market for a loop.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to strike something with a sharp blow

    :  to collide with something

    :  bustle

  1. :  a sharp blow :  rap, hit

    :  a severe misfortune or hardship

    :  setback, reversal

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  1. :  loophole

  1. :  a curving or doubling of a line so as to form a closed or partly open curve within itself through which another line can be passed or into which a hook may be hooked

    :  such a fold of cord or ribbon serving as an ornament

    :  something shaped like or suggestive of a loop

  1. :  to make or form a loop

    :  to execute a loop in an airplane

    :  to move in loops or in an arc

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capable of being understood in two ways

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