the groom was nearly thrown off his legs.

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"and the moment York took the rein off the terret in order
to shorten it she took her opportunity and reared up so suddenly that York had his nose
roughly hit and his hat knocked off; the groom was nearly thrown off his legs."

The mare reared up and hit York who was trying to tight her rein and hold her head in a higher position. This groom was standing next to her head. How was he nearly thrown off his legs? Does this mean that he fell? nearly fell!
  • Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    Yes, he was nearly knocked over. I'm not familiar with 'thrown off his legs'. The expression I know is 'knocked off his feet'. Who wrote this, please?
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