Out of equilibrium, unsteady, as in When learning how to ride a two-wheeler, it's easy to get off balance and fall, or She stood up and threw the canoe off balance. [Mid-1900s]
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How to use off balance in a sentence
The use of off-balance-sheet debt is often a way to try to avoid getting as much investor scrutiny.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches | ProPublica | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Life is so much more interesting when you can keep other people just a little off-balance.
It also has looked off-balance and seems to yearn for the era of the dictators that provided predictability.How Israel Could Remove Assad Diplomatically and Bring Peace to Syria | Bruce Riedel | February 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Libra The current cosmic climate brings temptation, potentially setting you off-balance.
Indeed, Congress confronted this same problem in 1933, when it investigated the off-balance sheet transactions of that era.
As Sheffield raised his right arm for the tap, his elbow jabbed against the breast of his opponent, topping the boy off-balance.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High | Leslie W. Quirk
An unusually heavy roll caught him slightly off-balance and jostled him against the detective.The Blind Spot | Austin Hall
As the raft became even more off-balance, it tilted to a sharper angle, sliding all the Cubs except one into the river.Dan Carter and the River Camp | Mildred A. Wirt
Even when she was off-balance, her feet tapped out the elementary routine.At the Post | Horace Leonard Gold
The second beam took Rynason in the left wrist and spun him off-balance for a moment.Warlord of Kor | Terry Gene Carr