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knock something for a loop

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knock for a loop

verb phrase
  1. To hit someone or something very hard; clobber: We knocked the villain for a row of ash cans/ You certainly knocked him for a row of tall red totem poles
  2. To unsettle severely; disrupt calm and confidence; discombobulate: It must have thrown him for a loop, but he asked
  3. To delight extremely; thrill and amaze; kill, KNOCK someone's SOCKS OFF: if this climactic sequence doesn't knock you for a loop/ Wouldn't that knock the boys for a row or two/ guaranteed to knock the keenest mind for a loop
  4. To cope with very well; ace, cream: Would he hit Math 1 in the eye? He'd knock it for a loop (1920+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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