bowl over


verb(tr, adverb)
  1. informal to surprise (a person) greatly, esp in a pleasant way; astound; amaze: he was bowled over by our gift

  2. 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.

  • 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

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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