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    Talking set back on one's heels?

    set back on one's heels
    Teacher, may I ask what is the meaning of this idom?

    Set you back means "strike you heavily and make you feel not comfortable" but I could figure out the whole phrase.

    Please advise, thank you!

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    Default Re: 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 or turn back (someone's) progress.
    * /Jack brags too much and it set him back on his heels when the coach told him he wasn't as good a player as he thought he was./
    * /Jean was doing very well in school until sickness knocked her back on her heels.

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