you could have knocked me over with a feather

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of you could have knocked me over with a feather

used to say that one was extremely surprised or astonished when he or she found out about something
  • When they told me I had won, you could have knocked me over with a feather.

Word by Word Definitions

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

could play
  1. : past tense of can

  2. used in auxiliary function in the past, in the past conditional, and as an alternative to can suggesting less force or certainty or as a polite form in the present

knock play knocked
  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

me play
  1. : objective case of i

over play
  1. : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

  2. used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

  3. used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree

feather play
  1. : any of the light, horny, epidermal outgrowths that form the external covering of the body of birds

  2. : plume

  3. : the vane of an arrow

  1. : to furnish (something, such as an arrow) with a feather

  2. : to cover, clothe, or adorn with or as if with feathers

  3. : to turn (an oar blade) almost horizontal when lifting from the water at the end of a stroke to reduce air resistance


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