Knock you back on your socks

Chuck Todd on MSNBC was describing Democratic strategist worries about certain voter registration numbers.  This is a congruent conflation of “knock your socks off” and “set (one) back on (one’s) heels” , both meaning to put one in a state of surprise.  A big thanks to Bruce Ryan for hearing this one and sending it in!

The floor to ceiling windows really knock you off your socks

This gem was heard on HGTV’s Island Life (Hilton Head episode).  It is a congruent conflation of “knock (someone’s) socks off” (bedazzle or amaze someone) and “knock (someone) off their feet”, both meaning to amaze, bedazzle, or blow someone away.  Certainly the confusion was caused by feet and socks, and the common denominators “off” and “knock”.  A “knock out” also comes to mind, again referring to impressing someone.  Kudos to Robyn Bottoni for hearing this one and sending it in!

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