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poised

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpoisedpoised /pɔɪzd/ ●○○ adjective  1 [not before noun]SOON not moving, but ready to move or do something at any momentpoised for She waited by the door like a small animal poised for flight.poised on His finger was poised on the camera’s shutter release.poised to do something He stood on the edge of the roof, poised to jump.2 [not before noun]READY completely ready to do something or for something to happen, when it is likely to happen soonpoised to do something Spain was poised to become the dominant power in Europe.poised on the brink/edge of something The economy is poised on the edge of collapse.3 poised between something and something4 CALMbehaving in a calm confident way, and able to control your feelings and reactions Abigail walked to the microphone, poised and confident.
Examples from the Corpus
poisedMiss Hazelwood stepped up from behind her desk, slender and poised and gripping the tawse.He was like a large, beautiful cat, poised and motionless, but prepared to leap.Heather looked poised and relaxed as she made her way to the stage.She was poised, cheerful even.Its poised, out-thrust head gave it the appearance of a cobra, a white cobra.But what was totally unfamiliar was the athleticism and poised stage presence she had achieved in such a short time.Jason Hemmings is poised to take over from Howell in goal next season.Now his fortunes are poised to turn full circle again.He followed her and Urquhart to where a coolly poised young woman stood by herself, holding but not drinking her madeira.poised to do somethingHargrove is poised to become the city's first black mayor.Beyond the window, a screen whose net curtains looked poised to fall, Karen heard voices.A tabby cat was poised to pounce at any second.If this trend continues, building societies are poised to provide a greater competitive challenge to the retail banking sector. 2.Now Pol Pot is poised to return to power.Newport looked poised to run away with it, but Bridgend refused to cave in.Die Gruenen seem poised to step into the third party gap.Now lecturers at the university are poised to take strike action over the affair.poised on the brink/edge of somethingNow, at 18, Crowell is a teen-ager poised on the brink of adult-sized fame.
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