One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘poise and good deportment can be cultivated’
balance, equilibrium, control, grace, gracefulness, presence
2‘in spite of this setback she retained her poise’
composure, equanimity, self-possession, aplomb, presence of mind, assurance, self-assurance, self-control, nerve, calmness, coolness, sangfroid, countenance, collectedness, serenity, dignity, imperturbability, suaveness, urbanity, elegance
informal cool, unflappability
1‘the dancer was poised on one foot’
balance, hold steady, hold oneself steady, steady oneself, be suspended, hang suspended, remain motionless, hang in mid-air, hang, hover
2‘the president was poised for decisive action’
position oneself, ready oneself, prepare oneself, brace oneself, get into position, gear oneself up, stand by
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