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poised adj.

VERBS appear, be, look, seem, stand She stood poised for a moment. | remain

ADV. delicately, finely | perfectly His manner was perfectly poised between gravity and teasing.

PREP. above/over Peter hesitated, his hand poised above the telephone. | between, for They hovered by the door, poised for flight.

PHRASES poised on the brink/edge/threshold of sth The two countries were poised on the brink of war.

poise noun

ADJ. natural the natural poise and balance of the body | social She never lost her social poise, however awkward the situation.

VERB + POISE retain | lose | recover, regain She hesitated briefly but quickly regained her poise.