poise (oneself) for (something)

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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 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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References in classic literature ?
We would hold our breath, fix our eyes upon the shovel, and poise ourselves for the last move.
We work with Raytheon, and they give us coaches and mentors and they help my executive staff and team on how to poise ourselves for excellent growth," says Tirollo.