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    #1

    set somebody back on one's heels

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    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.

    knock (set) somebody on one’s heels = surprise, shock

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    V.
    Last edited by vil; 19-May-2010 at 18:52.

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    #2

    Re: set somebody back on one's heels

    Yes.

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