to sweep someone off their feet

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - sweep someone off their feet

"to sweep someone off their feet"

to overwhelm someone, often causing him, her or them to fall in love or become enamored


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - sweep someone off their feet

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I need this presentation to go really well. I need everyone to be absolutely taken with the idea. I need the managers to be intrigued and to end up wanting more by the time the presentation ends. My idea is really exciting and innovative and I think it could be enormously rewarding and successful.

Colleague 2: Hopefully you will have set up the presentation such that you can communicate your excitement and the your idea in such a way that it sweeps everyone off their feet.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - sweep someone off their feet

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Wow. I haven't seen you in a couple of months. What have you been up to?

Friend 2: Nothing much except I got engaged.

Friend 1: No way! That's amazing. And in such a short time, too.

Friend 2: Yes. I met the man of my dreams. He took me out to the most interesting places and showered me with presents, introduced me to his family, and just last week, flew me to Paris where he proposed to me on the Eiffel Tower.

Friend 1: Sounds like he swept you off your feet?

Friend 2: Yes. I am madly in love with him.

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to sweep someone off their feet - Gerund Form:

Sweeping the woman off her feet, he wined, dined and romanced her until she fell in love with him.

to sweep someone off their feet - Examples:

1)  ''I was sold. He swept me off my feet.'' On their next date they had ice-cream, and kissed.

2)  An avalanche of attention swept Gagarin off his feet as he got out of the landing capsule: flowers, applause, Khrushchev the ...

3)  Theo swept her off her feet. Within six weeks they were wed and on their way to his ranch near ...

4)  Leon swept me off my feet. He wined and dined me, taking me on nights out to the theatre ...

5)  The Tunisian people have swept me off my feet and my heart beats for them. 

6)  He swept me off my feet. He was romantic, genuine, handsome, and everyone woman's prince.

7)  ... happened, it wasn't what I planned, but Dan swept me off my feet and I fell for him.

8)  I'm a sucker for greasy comfort food, and this dish swept me off my feet. The chicken was lightly fried. The sauce was rich and sweet with a ...

9)  The city life of Delhi fascinated me endless, and swept me off my feet for a moment. But that ecstasy was short lived.

10)  He set about wooing me and eventually, he swept me off my feet with his charm, personality and sense of humour! 

11)  ... surprise her? And second, what should I do to sweep her off her feet? What is very romantic, other than a dinner or a movie, ... 

12)  I longed for the 'one' who would come and sweep me off my feet

13)  ... a handsome prince will solve all of their problems, sweep them off their feet and carry them into their happily ever after.

14)  The Shaykh didn't sweep me off my feet, he didn't intrigue me in any way, nor did he express any ...

15)  You want to sweep people off their feet with the idea you've had.

16)  So, what does it take to sweep you off your feet? The guy has to be suave, well-spoken and must have a great personality.

17)  This doesn't mean that you have to sweep guests off their feet with an Oscar-style gift bag, rather, some nicely packaged truffles or sugar cookies ...

18)  She wanted a magic perfect man to sweep her off her feet through divine serendipity. 

19)  I was hoping for the film to sweep me off my feet the way that Kill Bill did almost a decade ago.

20)  What's similar between them is their ability to sweep me off my feet and into another world.