Definition of at sixes and sevens in US English:

at sixes and sevens


  • In a state of total confusion or disarray.

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