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off-balance

adjective
     
off-balance , off balance [not before noun]
1 in an unsteady position and likely to fall
throw/knock/push etc somebody off-balance
The sudden movement of the ship knocked them both off balance.
2

catch/throw somebody off-balance

to surprise or shock someone because they are not prepared for something that happens:
I was thrown off-balance by some of the more difficult questions I was asked.

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