to be caught off balance

  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Literally, if you're caught off balance by something, you might fall or drop whatever you're holding. Figuratively, then, you are surprised by a new situation and cannot react appropriately or adequately. You were not ready for a change and were caught off balance.
     

    Moogle

    Member
    Canada / English / French / Vietnamese
    These are my definitions:

    Literal sense:
    + Being physically caught / held after falling or losing footing.
    + To be taken in / put into another situation or event while on unstable footing.

    Metaphorically:
    + Being put into a situation / taken into a new event while unprepared
    + To be put into action whilst being mentally / physically unstable

    Balance is basically stability both physically and non-physically. Depends on the context as that is what deciphers whether it should be understood as physical or not.
     
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