Ball <bowl> over

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Silver, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. Silver

    Silver Senior Member

    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

    I got the term "ball over" for a long time, several days ago when I reviewed my notes, I found it out, but when I put the term on some of my dictionaries, I can't find an example sentence, according to our dictionary, the meaning of it is:

    surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off;

    I want to make a sentence to see whether I use the term in the right way:

    "His sarcastic remark really balled me over."

    If you have some better sentence or idea, I hope you can share with me here.

  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Hello, Silver. The idiomatic expression is "bowl over". Literally, it means "knock down". It is most commonly used with the figurative meaning of "to astonish".

    His sarcastic remark nearly bowled me over. = His remark astonished me.

    PS You'll be able to find a definition in the WR dictionary and others now that you know to look for "bowl over".

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