One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Astonish or disconcert someone.
- ‘Then, just as the team seemed to be establishing a foothold, two interceptions set them back on their heels.’
- ‘They counter attack from deep in their own defence and our forwards should have been tackling them with a ferocity that would have disrupted them and rocked them back on their heels near their own lines.’
- ‘A tremendous drive set them back on their heels, forcing them to concede a penalty.’
- ‘But the home side seemed galvanised early on, some ferocious tackling rocking Queensland back on their heels.’
- ‘An early goal could have rocked Brighton back on their heels.’
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