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]
Surprised, unprepared, as in The teacher gives unannounced tests to keep the class off balance. [Second half of 1900s]
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Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.
A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.
The off-year special election into which Duke threw himself drew little media notice at first.
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A constant sense of easy balance should be developed through poising exercises.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
And as she hesitated between obedience to one and duty toward the other, her life, her love and future was in the balance.
A far-off volley rumbled over the plain, and a few birds stirred uneasily among the trees.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
He was to pay one third of the amount before the book went to press, the balance he was to pay within a reasonable time.
Government grants amount to about two-thirds of the income, the balance being raised by public subscription and from fees.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell