threw » through

Chiefly in:   through (someone) for a loop

Classification: English – idiom-related

Spotted in the wild:

  • Although engineering school through him for a loop, van de Walle found that he excelled as a graphic artist. (, Mar. 11, 2004)
  • “Who book?” means whose book and at first it through me for a loop, until I saw the kid holding a book. (Language Hat comment, Sep. 13, 2004)
  • The first surgery back in 1984, however, through Bay for a loop for quite awhile, especially given the fact that he is an artist. (Main Street Newspapers, Nov. 24, 2004)

Possibly influenced by the image of going through a loop.

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/09/04 |

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