(something) threw (someone) off

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...

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