keel over

This page is about the phrasal verb keel over.

Meaning: If somebody keels over, they fall to the floor, usually because of illness or loss of consciousness.

Synonym: collapse

For example:

  • keel over Our professor was giving a lecture when he suddenly keeled over and slumped to the floor.

  • keel over When the captain of the team keeled over, her team-mates ran over to see what was wrong.

Quick Quiz:

The president keeled over while he was

a. lying in bed

b. giving a speech

c. having a heart operation

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Contributor: Matt Errey