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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bowl over mean? 

BOWL OVER (verb)
  The verb BOWL OVER has 2 senses:

1. cause to overturn from an upright or normal position
2. overcome with amazement

  Familiarity information: BOWL OVER used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

BOWL OVER (verb)

Sense 1bowl over [BACK TO TOP]


Cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


bowl over; knock over; tip over; tump over; turn over; overturn; upset

Context examples:

The cat knocked over the flower vase / the clumsy customer turned over the vase / he tumped over his beer

Hypernyms (to "bowl over" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)


overturn; tip over; tump over; turn over (turn from an upright or normal position)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sense 2bowl over [BACK TO TOP]


Overcome with amazement

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


flabbergast; bowl over; boggle

Context example:

This boggles the mind!

Hypernyms (to "bowl over" is one way to...):

surprise (cause to be surprised)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The bad news will bowl over him
The good news will bowl over her
The performance is likely to bowl over Sue

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