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poise (oneself) for (something)

To steady, brace, or otherwise prepare oneself for something. I poised myself for the boss's criticism at the meeting. Many companies are poising themselves for an expected tumble in the stock market this week. He poised himself for impact with the other car.
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poise over (someone or something)

To stand in a steady, anticipatory position over someone or something. I woke with a fright to see my son poised over me, waiting with tears in his eyes for me to wake up. The cat poised over the mouse whole, ready to pounce the moment the rodent emerged.
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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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On the face of it, that is not strong enough to win the Oaks, but Poise battled well that day against a much more experienced rival, over a trip much shorter than her optimum.
I respond to the photo by flinching, but also by laughing--not at the woman, who doesn't exist, but with delight at Sherman's virtuoso effort to simulate an extreme of failed poise.
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It won the award for having "the right shape, the right noise, the right pace, the right poise and the right price".
The complex has the lean, muscular poise of a gymnast, distilled with invigorating clarity into tautly functional architecture.
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