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adjective & adverbBritish
Not straight; askew.as adverb ‘he knocked my wig skew-whiff’
lopsided, unsymmetrical, crookedView synonyms
- ‘‘We just seem to have our priorities a little skew-whiff,’ he said.’
- ‘They don't look like other movies, or at least other American movies: as with his suits, there's something slightly skew-whiff about them.’
- ‘When the nails corrode, the tiles go skew-whiff.’
- ‘If one goes skew-whiff, then at least the other will still work.’
- ‘The fan-worship came after the story, not before, so I think it's a little skew-whiff to infer that it's the other way around.’
- ‘As the ball was released he automatically attempted to move his bat at its customary skew-whiff angle, but once again the unseen force inside the bat resisted anything but the most classical textbook positioning.’
- ‘Some facts may a little skew-whiff - one interviewee says.’
- ‘If we manage to show her what a skew-whiff rotter Daniels really is, Laurel'll drop him like a sack of roasting potatoes!’
- ‘Now I suspected at the time that there was something skew-whiff in Zizek's analysis of populism, and the more I think about it the more firmly I'm convinced that my initial suspicions were correct.’
- ‘The artefacts don't seem to have changed since our last visit although many of the pictures were skew-whiff.’
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