One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
phraseNZ, North American, Australian
Out of order; not working.‘all their calculations were out of whack’
out of order, not working, not in working order, not functioning, broken, broken-down, out of commission, acting up, unserviceable, faulty, defective, non-functional, inoperative, in disrepairView synonyms
- ‘Something, or somebody, is always out of whack or out of commission.’
- ‘These equations always seem to be out of whack, but it takes time to withdraw from the hungry ghosts within and give more to the right people.’
- ‘So financial experts are warning holiday impulse buying can end up throwing your carefully planned budget out of whack.’
- ‘I did some revisions and ended up removing two or so chapters and throwing the whole order out of whack.’
- ‘We turn down quite a few invitations here at the Diary to enter journalism awards simply because we are totally out of whack with the subject matter.’
- ‘Although Hugo's routine has been a little out of whack, I'm sticking to our routine in the hopes it'll pan out.’
- ‘If the amount of the reporting is out of whack with the reality of the threats, then one place to begin is by better matching the former to the latter.’
- ‘When he's not, the batting order is thrown out of whack, with hitters moved into slots they are not suited to.’
- ‘Tomorrow we are definitely doing the routine thing - both of us are out of whack with the clock, and need rest.’
- ‘As the system aged, exchange rates grew progressively out of whack.’
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