Значение идиомы set back on one’s heels

[set back on one’s heels] or [knock back on one’s heels] {v. phr.},{informal} To give an unpleasant surprise; upset suddenly; stop orturn back progress.

Jack brags too much and it set himback on his heels when the coach told him he wasn’t as good a playeras he thought he was.

Jean was doing very well in school untilsickness knocked her back on her heels.

Compare: KNOCK FOR A LOOP, THROW FOR A LOSS.


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