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Out of equilibrium, unsteady, as in
When learning how to ride a two-wheeler, it's easy to get off balance and fall
She stood up and threw the canoe off balance
Surprised, unprepared, as in
The teacher gives unannounced tests to keep the class off balance
Second half of 1900s
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