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Unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient:‘both tried to behave as if nothing untoward had happened’‘untoward remarks’
unexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen, unpredictable, unpredictedsurprising, unusualinopportune, untimely, ill-timed, badly timed, mistimedinconvenient, awkward, unwelcome, unfavourable, adverse, unfortunate, infelicitousinappropriate, unsuitable, inaptmalaproposunseasonableView synonyms
- ‘The head teachers reported no untoward problems on Friday, with results e-mailed through to the schools on schedule.’
- ‘The problem becomes more complicated when any untoward incident takes place in the Srinagar city or its vicinity.’
- ‘He claimed that he went to the flat in August but denied anything untoward took place and he said the second incident was entirely consensual.’
- ‘Aside from a few bemused looks from passers-by and a few words with the police, nothing untoward happened.’
- ‘However, the steady, stable nature of the industry means shareholders receive few untoward profit surprises.’
- ‘People roamed the streets, drove their cars, popped into a cafe for a coffee - nothing visibly untoward or unusual.’
- ‘People always blame the legal system whenever something untoward happens.’
- ‘The animals did not show any untoward effect during the trial and post trial phases.’
- ‘Detectives would also like to hear from anyone who may have noticed anything untoward around the train station at any time.’
- ‘Besides the huge medical waste, the untoward effects of using antibiotics is increasing rapidly.’
- ‘Unfortunately, prognostic error may have untoward effects on both patient care and social policy.’
- ‘Nor, he insists, was there anything odd or untoward about his advocating the break up the United Kingdom while he was a servant of the state.’
- ‘I assumed this untoward behaviour indicated that we had previously met.’
- ‘She had been referred for the scan as she has a hearing problem, and the doctor wanted to check that there was nothing untoward going on inside her skull.’
- ‘A man would be lewd with, or proposition, or tell an untoward joke toward a female.’
- ‘I myself have felt no untoward effects, other than glowing in the dark and having x-ray vision in one eye.’
- ‘Any untoward effects appear first in this sensitive age group.’
- ‘It was the only untoward incident in an otherwise sportingly contested local derby.’
- ‘She has also proposed, however, that untoward effects may emerge when this blending is absent.’
- ‘According to the organisers, no untoward incident happened during the five-day exposition.’
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