One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
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, awryView synonyms
- ‘He's a little confused and a little off-balance, but he knows his routine and heads to his car.’
- ‘His sculptures all seem to be slightly off-balance.’
- ‘Their relationship becomes off-balance.’
- ‘He felt slightly off-balance at how fast the mood had changed.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The show often feels off-balance, with Kennedy appearing uncertain how serious or funny he intends to be.’
- ‘They're worried and off-balance.’
- ‘Laughing quietly, I yank at her arm so she careens into me, off-balance.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The six dancers engaged in aerobic off-balance slides and falls, as if being kicked to the ground.’
throw (or catch) someone off balance
1Cause someone to become unsteady and in danger of falling.
- 1.1Confuse or bewilder someone.baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinkingView synonyms
- 1.1Confuse or bewilder someone.
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