One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a way that shows anxiety or discomfort.‘I shifted uneasily in my seat’‘the men glanced uneasily at each other’
- ‘He laughed uneasily as he explained the methodology.’
- ‘A few of the customers look up uneasily from their menus.’
- ‘He glanced uneasily at Catherine's tightly clenched fist.’
- ‘I wondered uneasily if the brakes were power assisted or not.’
- ‘When we arrived at the gate, we found several armed guards there, looking uneasily at our pack of escorts.’
2In a way that is awkward or incongruous.‘his personality sits uneasily with his origins’‘quite luxurious enclaves coexist uneasily with slums and ghettos’
- ‘It's a language that offers a safety valve against a discourse that oscillates uneasily between a strangulated avoidance of reality and an ugly violence.’
- ‘Its theatre run was uneasily slotted between Lady Windermere's Fan and The Second Mrs Tanqueray.’
- ‘The range of provision was described as fragmentary, disjointed, and uneasily reliant on unpredictable, inadequate, or short-term funding streams.’
- ‘The feudal origins of modern land law include rights and obligations that rest uneasily within 21st-century concepts of human rights.’
- ‘His beliefs often clashed uneasily with his role as an employer of labour.’
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