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poise
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Ulysses
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  • His listeners held their cigarettes poised to hear, their smokes ascending in frail stalks that flowered with his speech.
  • Framed around the walls images of vanished horses stood in homage, their meek heads poised in air: lord Hastings’ Repulse, the duke of Westminster’s Shotover, the duke of Beaufort’s Ceylon, prix de Paris, 1866.
  • Miss voice of Kennedy answered, a second teacup poised, her gaze upon a page: —No. He was not.
  • That he now poised that it now throbbed.
  • …the liveliest fashion with the young gentleman and, interrupting the narrative at a salient point, having desired his visavis with a polite beck to have the obligingness to pass him a flagon of cordial waters at the same time by a questioning poise of the head (a whole century of polite breeding had not achieved so nice a gesture) to which was united an equivalent but contrary balance of the bottle asked the narrator as plainly as was ever done in words if he might treat him with a cup…

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  • She has great charm and great poise.
  • The once self-conscious girl is now a woman with considerable poise.

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