bowl over

bowl over  {v.},  {informal}
1. To knock down as if with a bowled ball.
The taxi hit him a glancing blow and bowled him over.
2. To astonish with success or shock with misfortune; upset; stun.
He was bowled over by his wife's sudden death.
The young actress bowled over everybody in her first movie.
Categories: death success {informal} {v.}