One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not currently proficient in a particular activity or skill due to not having exercised or performed it for some time.‘he was out of practice at interrogation’
rusty, unpractisedView synonyms
- ‘In an article on the front page, the revelers were referred to as ‘long-suffering fans who are a little out of practice when it comes to celebrating a championship.’’
- ‘This means that when finally offered the opportunity to speak, I'm liable to begin with apologising for being so out of practice, and then to start blithering unstoppably.’
- ‘The ones that have been on TV lately are out of practice and come across as lame.’
- ‘But being out of practice shouldn't change my way of seeing the world.’
- ‘Maybe I got out of practice over the weekend, but I don't think so.’
- ‘It had been a long, long, long time since I had kissed anyone, so my skills were probably way out of practice, but Jill didn't seem to care.’
- ‘I'm just out of practice, or at least my legs are out of practice.’
- ‘Obviously, I haven't gotten far yet: the oars are stiff and my arms sore, out of practice as they are.’
- ‘He may find this hard work after having been out of practice for so long, but I suggest it will be good for him, and certainly for Australian journalism.’
- ‘It was quite hard to get back into a once familiar groove of academic research, because now I have no library borrowing privileges and am out of practice with the convoluted argot in which the material is written.’
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