to send for a loop

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - send for a loop

"to send for a loop"

to unexpectedly upset or confuse someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - send for a loop

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The boss is driving me crazy.

Colleague 2:  What's going on?

Colleague 1:  I will be working away on a project, thinking that all is going well and the boss will make some bizarre and unexpected changes that I really don't understand.  I find it quite upsetting.

Colleague 2:  It's kind of hard to work with confidence when you never know when the boss will send you for a loop.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - send for a loop

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You look very upset.

Friend 2:  My wife just told me that she is leaving me.

Friend 1:  Were you having trouble in your marriage?

Friend 2:  No more than the usual challenges in a marriage. My wife told me she has met another man.

Friend 1:  That must have sent you for a loop.

Friend 2:  Yes, it was completely unexpected.

to send for a loop - Usage:


to send for a loop - Gerund Form:

Sending my friend for a loop, I told him that I was quitting my job the next day.

to send for a loop - Examples:

1)  Almost 4 1/2 years back in Oz and I still get sent for a loop about once a month, especially in parking lots when I really can not remember ...

2)  ... thought about your greatest personal accomplishment? I was recently sent for a loop in an interview when asked this question, and now wish I had thought up ...

3)  ... you ask them a question and they get sent for a loop. They love routine and once focused on something they are good to go.

4)  So next time I go on vacation or my schedule gets sent for a loop, I will remember my own advice. I am more than my workouts or ...

5)  ... runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch - and the entire town is sent for a loop and left wondering, "What is life all about, anyway?" 

6)  ... yet it was bizarre, as we were sort of sent for a loop.

7)  When Timeline first came out, highly active Facebook users were sent for a loop. Suddenly, some of their very old content, like status updates and other ...

8)  But things get sent for a loop for him (sorry) when his latest target is revealed to be himself, ...

9)  ... our false starts, our mistaken assumptions, and how we were sent for a loop by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

10)  Homer is sent for a loop when he discovers one of his bowling buddies is an accountant for the mob, ...

11)  ... is plotting a return to power when his plans are sent for a loop by a sudden assassination attempt that leaves several journalists dead.

12)  Big, heavy compilers like GHC have been sent for a loop by iOS and Android. Scheme isn't modern enough.

13)  When the truth about Rigel is revealed I was sent for a loop. I was not expecting it at all.

14)  If you get sent for a loop how can we figure it out?

15)  ... and if someone has been sent for a loop this would be a great opportunity to do a little damage control.

16)  ... first time I rode a bus through downtown Portland, I was sent for a loop. Not only did the driver wish me "Good afternoon," she continued ...

17)  ... times I thought I figured out the guilty party to only be sent for a loop. The characters kept me on my toes, ...

18)  ... recent products leaking well before their announcements, the days of being sent for a loop at an Apple event appeared to be over.

19)  She added that different textures -- and even colors -- of flooring can send a dog for a loop, especially an inexperienced dog.

20)  Then there are the factors that could send any plan for a loop. These are risks - potential costs, hurdles or blockades, ...