throw someone off balance


throw someone off balance
throw (someone) off balance to confuse or upset someone for a short time by saying or doing something that they are not expecting.

I wasn't expecting any interaction with the audience and was thrown off balance by his question.

(usually passive)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • throw off balance — throw (someone) off balance to confuse or upset someone for a short time by saying or doing something that they are not expecting. I wasn t expecting any interaction with the audience and was thrown off balance by his question. (usually passive) …   New idioms dictionary

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  • off-balance — adjective never before noun 1. ) surprised by something unexpected: thrown/caught off balance: I was thrown completely off balance by their outrageous behavior. 2. ) in a position in which you feel you are going to fall down: throw/knock someone… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • off balance — 1) not steady or upright, for example because more weight is on one side That wheel is off balance. throw/knock someone/something off balance: He kept pulling my arm, throwing me off balance. 2) surprised, upset, or confused by something… …   English dictionary

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  • catch off balance — {v. phr.} To confront someone with physical force or with a statement or question he or she is not prepared to answer or deal with; to exploit the disadvantage of another. * /The smaller wrestler caught his opponent off balance and managed to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch\ off\ balance — v. phr. To confront someone with physical force or with a statement or question he or she is not prepared to answer or deal with; to exploit the disadvantage of another. The smaller wrestler caught his opponent off balance and managed to throw… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • throw — throw1 [ θrou ] (past tense threw [ θru ] ; past participle thrown [ θroun ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 send object through air ▸ 2 put quickly & carelessly ▸ 3 move (someone/something) suddenly ▸ 4 be forced to go to place ▸ 5 look etc. in direction ▸ 6… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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