set\ back\ on\ one's\ heels

set\ back\ on\ one's\ heels
• set back on one's heels
• 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.

Compare: knock for a loop, throw for a loss

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