adjective (or adverb)

Definition of off-balance 

1 : not well proportioned : out of balance the plans are off-balance their military is off-balance

2 : not standing, sitting, or resting in normal physical equilibrium caught off-balance and knocked down— Jack Dempsey

3a : upset from or in a state of being upset by confusion : upsetting the off-balance presentation of alternatives— S. L. Payne keep us off-balance

b : into a state of surprise from the unexpected may turn us momentarily off-balance by saying one thing when he means another— R. B. West

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