informal to surprise (a person) greatly, esp in a pleasant way; astound; amaze: he was bowled over by our gift
to knock (a person or thing) down; cause to fall over
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How to use bowl over in a sentence
Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, making sure that the bowl does not touch the surface of the water.
These last two articles he placed upon the table, while he carried the bowl over to his charge.The Revolt of the Star Men | Raymond Gallun
You see, I could beat the eggs for you, and you know how hard it is for you not to tip the bowl over when you beat them!The Fun of Cooking | Caroline French Benton
Then it came with a suddenness and force that was strong enough to bowl over even a man of strong heart.The Silent Alarm | Roy J. Snell
If butter is too hard to serve, heat a bowl with boiling water and turn the empty bowl over the butter.Food and Health | Anonymous
She was irrevocably predestined to bowl over the first man who came along, with her ultra feminine irresponsibility.Just Patty | Jean Webster
Other Idioms and Phrases with bowl over
Astonish, surprise greatly, overwhelm, as in I was simply bowled over by their wonderful performance. This term originated in cricket, where it means “to knock all the bails off the wicket.” [Mid-1800s]
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