When something unexpected happens, you might get "thrown off". That means that you don't know how to react. You think about what happened a lot and can't concentrate on other things.
Here are some examples of things that might throw someone off:
- being insulted by someone
- hearing some bad news
Physical things can also throw someone off, like:
- getting hit in the head
- not getting enough sleep
- getting sick
Here's how to use "throw ___ off" in a sentence:
A: When you said that, it really threw me off. I was like, "What does she mean, I might need to watch out for Jay? Is he trying to get me fired or something?"
B: No, I didn't mean it that way. Sorry, I didn't mean to throw you off. I just meant...