throw for a loss

throw for a loss  {v. phr.}
1. To tackle a member of the opposing football team behind the place where his team had the ball at the beginning of the play; push the other team back so that they lose yardage in football.
The Blues' quarterback ran back and tried to pass, but before he could, the Reds' end threw him for a loss.
2.  {informal}
To surprise or shock (someone); upset; make worry greatly; cause trouble.
It threw Jim for a loss when he failed the test.
Mr. Simpson was thrown for a loss when he lost his job.
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