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In a state of total confusion or disarray:‘everything is at sixes and sevens here’
chaotic, disorganized, disordered, disorderly, untidy, messy, jumbled, muddled, confused, unsystematic, irregular, cluttered, litteredout of order, out of place, in disarray, in a mess, in a jumble, in a muddle, upside-down, higgledy-piggledy, haywire, haphazardall over the place, like a bomb's hit itshambolic, all over the shopall over the map, all over the lotorderlessView synonyms
- ‘Without them we were at sixes and sevens and chasing the game.’
- ‘When we left the set we were all at sixes and sevens.’
- ‘Cardarelli took the man-of-the-match award but it was assistant coach Gallant who had London at sixes and sevens all night, brilliant both offensively and defensively.’
- ‘The students played as if they had been a little too festive over the break and were at sixes and sevens for most of the match.’
- ‘Employers are at sixes and sevens and, sadly, parents have no idea of what is going on.’
- ‘Residents in a Bury street have been left at sixes and sevens after a house numbers mix-up.’
- ‘If we were left at sixes and sevens, our effectiveness as an association would have been seriously damaged.’
- ‘I'm at sixes and sevens on the issue of who is really at fault here.’
- ‘‘Harold’ is the story of an adolescent young man who is at sixes and sevens with practically everything.’
- ‘Poland are at sixes and sevens, Korea in seventh heaven.’
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