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used in To Kill a Mockingbird

2 uses
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calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"


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


confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"
  • This practice allegedly overcame a variety of evils: standing in front of his fellows encouraged good posture and gave a child poise; delivering a short talk made him word-conscious; learning his current event strengthened his memory; being singled out made him more than ever anxious to return to the Group.
    p. 326.9
poise = composure or grace
  • Our activities halted when any of the neighbors appeared, and once I saw Miss Maudie Atkinson staring across the street at us, her hedge clippers poised in midair.
    p. 53.5
poised = suspended
There are no more uses of "poise" in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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