set back on one's heels

set back on one's heels или knock back on one's heels  {v. phr.},  {informal}
Преподносить неприятный сюрприз; внезапно разочаровывать; останавливаться или поворачивать назад в развитии.
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.
Категории: {informal} {v. phr.}