- 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. 2014.
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throw off balance — verb To unsettle, to catch by surprise … Wiktionary
off-balance — adj [not before noun] 1.) in an unsteady position and likely to fall throw/knock/push etc sb off balance ▪ The sudden movement of the ship knocked them both off balance. 2.) catch/throw sb off balance to surprise or shock someone because they are … Dictionary of contemporary English
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
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
throw (or catch) someone off balance — make someone unsteady or catch someone unawares. → balance … English new terms dictionary
throw someone off balance — throw (or catch) someone off balance cause someone to become unsteady and in danger of falling ■ figurative confuse or bewilder someone … Useful english dictionary
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
off-balance — adjective (not before noun) 1 in an unsteady position so that you are likely to fall: throw/knock/push sb off balance: Lee caught hold of my wrist and pulled me off balance. 2 unprepared for something, so that it surprises or shocks you: catch sb … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
off balance — surprised or confused. Policy makers were caught off balance by the speed and success of Canada s efforts to ban the weapons. Usage notes: often used with keep or throw: The stories were part of an effort to keep the antiwar movement off balance … New idioms dictionary
throw off — phr verb Throw off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑balance, ↑blanket, ↑cloak, ↑shawl … Collocations dictionary