Definition of at sixes and sevens in English:

at sixes and sevens

phrase

  • In a state of total confusion or disarray.

    ‘everything is at sixes and sevens here’
    • ‘Residents in a Bury street have been left at sixes and sevens after a house numbers mix-up.’
    • ‘‘Harold’ is the story of an adolescent young man who is at sixes and sevens with practically everything.’
    • ‘When we left the set we were all at sixes and sevens.’
    • ‘Without them we were at sixes and sevens and chasing the game.’
    • ‘Poland are at sixes and sevens, Korea in seventh heaven.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Employers are at sixes and sevens and, sadly, parents have no idea of what is going on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    chaotic, disorganized, disordered, disorderly, untidy, messy, jumbled, muddled, confused, unsystematic, irregular, cluttered, littered
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