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[predicative] Not quite right; inappropriate or out of place:‘there was something amiss about his calculations’
wrong, awry, faulty, out of order, defective, unsatisfactory, incorrect, untoward, adrift, astray, inappropriate, improper, unsuitableView synonyms
- ‘Whatever was amiss, and something definitely was, this was a most uncharacteristic display.’
- ‘Why would he have had to do so unless he detected something amiss?’
- ‘Saying he would fight for the truth, he even attended a cabinet meeting chaired by the vice president as if nothing was amiss.’
- ‘No alarm went off, and the officers patrolling the perimeter didn't notice anything amiss.’
- ‘Offering a contract is wrong; to consider a replacement is amiss, too.’
- ‘Several more officers examined the picture and, having drawn the conclusion that something was amiss, called the police.’
- ‘When it finished and I had a look at my recent files there was clearly something amiss, something I couldn't ignore.’
- ‘Over the last couple days though I've been getting signals that something might be amiss.’
- ‘But if something amiss happens in his own team's penalty area, that is usually the moment he was looking the other way.’
- ‘If it finds anything amiss it will correct it within a few seconds.’
- ‘Students are also being encouraged to seek help or speak out if they see something amiss on or around school grounds.’
- ‘He phoned the Justice Department - the first alert to anything amiss.’
- ‘I have spent thousands proving things are amiss in this county and I found myself at a cross-roads with nowhere to go.’
- ‘Michael arrived at the Wall to find no sign that anything was wrong or amiss.’
- ‘On the face of it, there does seem to be something amiss here.’
- ‘At this point the store manager, who was taking stock nearby, sensed that there was something amiss at the till and walked over.’
- ‘I felt like myself yet there was something wrong, something amiss, something lacking from the scene.’
- ‘If something amiss is detected, the camera alerts a central control.’
- ‘That's the most public concession that anything is amiss here, as Chinese media have given scant coverage to the riots.’
- ‘I first noticed something was amiss by the helicopter circling over the Arakawa at about 8pm on Thursday evening.’
Wrongly or inappropriately:‘the prime minister may have constructed his cabinet a little amiss’
- ‘What goes amiss in the smoker's crusade to defend themselves is the rights of the people who don't want to be subjected to smoke.’
- ‘Something has gone amiss with him and that, for England, has been, as it were, the crux.’
- ‘Obviously little would need to go amiss for the financial plan to go awry.’
- ‘The Fijian way of life is glorified as the kind of life where people look after you if anything goes amiss.’
Middle English: probably from Old Norse á mis so as to miss, from á on + mis (related to miss).
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