poise

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poise oneself for something

to get ready for something. She poised herself for her dive. Fred poised himself for a fall, but everything worked out all right.
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poise over someone or something

to hover or hang over someone or something. She spent the entire afternoon poised over her desk, pouting. The dog poised over the downed duck, waiting for the hunter.
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References in classic literature ?
Her flesh was fine and smooth as polished ivory, and her poise expressed both dignity and grace.
And pride cannot exist without honour, nor can honour without poise.
Tantor was a great mountain of calm, of poise, of stability.