Definition of out of place in English:

out of place


  • 1Not in the proper position; disarranged.

    ‘not a hair was out of place in her painstakingly crimped coiffure’
    • ‘Not even a stand of hair was out of place, but that didn't surprise him with the amount of hair spray that she used.’
    • ‘She felt a sudden urge to straighten his curly brown hair where it had fallen out of place.’
    • ‘Furniture was pushed out of place, walls spattered with teabag stains and the floor was covered in glitter.’
    • ‘Toby adjusted the man's tie and fixed a hair that was out of place, patted him on the arm with a smile and walked away.’
    • ‘He is so suave he won't run for fear of getting a strand of hair out of place.’
    • ‘The young lady in the Range Rover emerges from the rest room with nary a hair out of place.’
    • ‘Another girl decided she had to re-do her hair every time it fell out of place.’
    • ‘He simply implied that the chair was out of place and he moved it to where he thought it should be.’
    • ‘What seems more likely is that he is now so celebrated by the establishment that he is forgiven the odd pint or hair out of place.’
    • ‘As she leaned her head down to drink her beverage a lock of hair fell out of place into her eyes.’
    out of position, out of order, in disorder, disarranged, in disarray, disorganized, in a mess, messy, topsy-turvy, muddled
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    1. 1.1 In a setting where one is or feels inappropriate or incongruous.
      ‘the glamorous woman seemed radically out of place in the launderette’
      • ‘While that works in a movie as unreal as Anchorman or Elf, it feels out of place in an alleged family comedy.’
      • ‘His diving technique would certainly not be out of place in an Olympic pool.’
      • ‘Many Scots-Italians feel slightly out of place in both countries, outsiders wherever they go.’
      • ‘The neat and professionally dressed men looked out of place in the homey messy surroundings.’
      • ‘He said the distance from neighbouring properties was acceptable and the design of the new building would be out of place.’
      • ‘Snow wouldn't have been out of place and I remember always longing for a white Christmas.’
      • ‘It looked so awkward and out of place up in the forest canopy, I was worried at any moment it might crash down on us.’
      • ‘Travelling alone, she looked entirely out of place among the skimpily dressed holidaymakers.’
      • ‘I wouldn't call the new shelters ugly, but they certainly look out of place.’
      • ‘We were the ones out of place and I do the best I can to deal with it.’
      inappropriate, unsuitable, unseemly, improper, untoward, inapposite, out of keeping, unbecoming, unfit, misplaced, wrong
      incongruous, out of one's element, like a fish out of water, uncomfortable, ill at ease, uneasy
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