knock (someone) sideways

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of knock (someone) sideways

British
:to upset, confuse, or shock (someone) very much
  • The news about his mother's accident really knocked him sideways.

Word by Word Definitions

knock play
  1. : to strike something with a sharp blow

  2. : to collide with something

  3. : bustle

  1. : a sharp blow : rap, hit

  2. : a severe misfortune or hardship

  3. : setback, reversal

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

sideways play
  1. : from one side

  2. : with one side forward

  3. : in a lateral direction or downward to one side


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