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off balance

1. Literally unbalanced or losing one's balance. This table is a bit off balance, I think one of the legs is shorter than the others. I always feel a little off balance when deboarding an airplane. I think it has something to do with the pressure.
2. Surprised or unprepared. Now that my kids are teenagers, they constantly keep me off balance with their antics.
See also: balance, off

off balance

1. Out of equilibrium, unsteady, as in When learning how to ride a two-wheeler, it's easy to get off balance and fall, or She stood up and threw the canoe off balance. [Mid-1900s]
2. Surprised, unprepared, as in The teacher gives unannounced tests to keep the class off balance. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: balance, off

(catch/throw somebody) off ˈbalance


1 make somebody/something unsteady and in danger of falling: I was thrown off balance by the sudden gust of wind.
2 make somebody surprised and no longer calm: The senator was clearly caught off balance by the unexpected question.
See also: balance, off
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