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poise
used in The Hunger Games

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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"
  • I'm helpless as the first hunter crashes through the trees, spear lifted, poised to throw.
    p. 193.7
poised = prepared (ready)
There are no more uses of "poise" flagged with this meaning in The Hunger Games.

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  • We're on our feet, Peeta wielding his knife, me poised to shoot, when Cato smashes through the trees and bears down on us.
    p. 329.8
  • By early afternoon, we are poised to carry it out.
    p. 212.9
  • At one point, she launches up in the air, over a small barrel and lands poised on her tiptoes.
    p. 218.2
  • And now I'm running, knowing this may be a trap, knowing the three Careers may be poised to attack me, but I can't help myself.
    p. 232.6
  • Poised to run but unsure of us, unfamiliar with humans.
    p. 269.1
  • The rest of us are still poised around the plain, sizing up the situation, and she's got hers.
    p. 283.4

There are no more uses of "poise" in The Hunger Games.

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