Definition of off balance in English:

off balance

adjective

  • Not even, stable, or in correct proportions.

    ‘slightly off-balance performances by the show's leads’
    ‘an addiction that could destroy his already off-balance existence’
    • ‘Everything seems to be off-balance, from the red scarf floating around the blonde's neck to the cigarettes tumbling from her hands to the toppling wine bottle on a cocktail table between the two women.’
    • ‘His sculptures all seem to be slightly off-balance.’
    • ‘Laughing quietly, I yank at her arm so she careens into me, off-balance.’
    • ‘The six dancers engaged in aerobic off-balance slides and falls, as if being kicked to the ground.’
    • ‘He felt slightly off-balance at how fast the mood had changed.’
    • ‘He's a little confused and a little off-balance, but he knows his routine and heads to his car.’
    • ‘In this room, we feel as off-balance as the handheld footage that shakes on the video monitor.’
    • ‘Unless you knew the firing was on the way, you will be emotionally off-balance and in a poor position to negotiate.’
    • ‘They're worried and off-balance.’
    • ‘The show often feels off-balance, with Kennedy appearing uncertain how serious or funny he intends to be.’
    • ‘Their relationship becomes off-balance.’
    asymmetrical, unsymmetrical, uneven, unevenly balanced, unbalanced, off-balance, off-centre, unequal, askew, skew, skewed, squint, tilted, tilting, crooked, sloping, slanted, aslant, one-sided, out of true, out of line, to one side, awry
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Phrases

  • throw (or catch) someone off balance

    • 1Make someone unsteady and in danger of falling.

      ‘the big man was thrown off balance by his own weight’
      1. 1.1Surprise someone by doing something unexpected.
        ‘the enemy were caught off balance by the shock of the attack’
        baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking
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