Bowl me over


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Is this sentence correct:

Her endeavour to kiss me bowled me over - especially when she approached her lips to mine - I was at a loss! I have never kissed anyone...
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    "She approached her lips to mine" sounds perfectly acceptable usage to me, though it's very old-fashioned and would sound quaint or "poetic" if someone were to use it.


    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Literally "he bowled me over" means "I was standing there and he ran into me, physically knocking me over so I fell to the ground".

    Here it means "knocked my emotions over: disrupted them, made them confused". Exactly what it did to the emotions is vague, but it is something powerful.

    especially when she approached her lips to mine
    especially when she brought her lips close to mine
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