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    Balance somebody off

    What does it mean “To balance somebody off”?

    Like in, e.g., if you have a great idea, you need someone to balance you off.

    Can it mean “To help with implementing this idea into practice in order to do it right, or maybe to have a second opinion”?
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    Re: Balance somebody off

    Depends upon the full context. Most likely they mean a second opinion, or at least someone to point out the pros and cons of your great idea. Someone to keep you from going off half-cocked in case your idea has a downside that you haven't considered (in case your great idea is something like "Now that I have small children, I think it's a good idea to keep a loaded gun in the house for protection.")

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    Re: Balance somebody off

    Quote Originally Posted by Auldlangsyne View Post
    What does it meanTo balance somebody off” mean?
    I've never heard the phrase. I'm not sure I'd like to be balanced off. Then again, I wouldn't want to go off half-cocked either.

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    Re: Balance somebody off

    Pointing out the pros and cons of that idea, supported by the example, sounds about right to me, and makes the meaning more clear – fits the contexts well. (Overheard in an AmE conversation.) That would mean to try to prevent someone being overexcited with a new proposal/plan from being implemented too hasty.

    Never heard of it either.
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    Re: Balance somebody off

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Then again, I wouldn't want to go off half-cocked either.
    Typical male.

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    Re: Balance somebody off

    I've never heard it either. I would assume that it meant you need someone to temper your no doubt overwhelming enthusiasm for your great new idea - someone to look at the practicalities of it, someone a bit more rational! I find the use of "off" at the end a little odd. I would be perfectly happy with "... you need someone to balance you".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Balance somebody off

    I heard it again, and it was very clear this time that the intention of the person saying it (wanting to that other person to balance off) was – to support him when he felt down. The aim was to lend a helping hand the need be, cheer him up during tough times.

    I don’t know it this explanation make any sense to native speakers of the English language, AmE to be exact, but that was exactly what it meant, and I am so sure about that because it was elaborated this time.
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    Re: Balance somebody off

    That meaning doesn't make much sense to me.
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    Re: Balance somebody off

    It sounds like if you have a great idea, you need someone around with bad ideas, so that, on average, you have average ideas.

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    Re: Balance somebody off

    That sounds like where I work!
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