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poise
used in The Great Gatsby

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Definition
calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"

and/or:

prepared for action — as in "poised for action" — (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button")

and/or:

confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"
  • Practice elocution, poise and how to attain it
    p. 173.4
poise = remaining calm and in control
There are no more uses of "poise" in The Great Gatsby.

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