out of kilter


out of kilter
*out of kilter & *off-kilter
1. Lit. out of balance; crooked or tilted. (*Typically: be \out of kilter; get \out of kilter; knocksomething \out of kilter.) •

John, your tie is sort of off-kilter. Let me fix it.

Please straighten the picture on the wall. It's out of kilter.

2. Fig. malfunctioning; on the fritz. (*Typically: be \out of kilter; go \out of kilter.) •

My furnace is out of kilter. I have to call someone to fix it.

This computer is out of kilter. It doesn't let me log on.

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{adj. phr.}, {informal} 1. Not balanced right; not in a straight line or lined up right. * /The scale must be out of kilter because when I weighed myself on it, it said 300 pounds./ * /The wheels of my bicycle were out of kilter after it hit the tree./ Contrast: IN BALANCE. 2. Needing repair; not working right. * /My watch runs too slowly; it must be out of kilter./ Syn.: OUT OF ORDER(2).

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • out of kilter — {adj. phr.}, {informal} 1. Not balanced right; not in a straight line or lined up right. * /The scale must be out of kilter because when I weighed myself on it, it said 300 pounds./ * /The wheels of my bicycle were out of kilter after it hit the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of kilter — 1. if something is out of kilter, it is not operating or working as it should. Even one sleepless night can throw your body out of kilter. 2. if two things are out of kilter, or if one thing is out of kilter with another, they are not similar any …   New idioms dictionary

  • out of kilter — 1. mod. not functioning properly; on the fritz; out of w(h)ack. □ My ar’s engine is out of kilter and needs some repair work. □ My coffeepot is out of kilter, so I have to make coffee in a pan. 2. mod. out of square …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • out\ of\ kilter — adj. phr. informal 1. Not balanced right; not in a straight line or lined up right. The scale must be out of kilter because when I weighed myself on it, it said 300 pounds. The wheels of my bicycle were out of kilter after it hit the tree.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • out of kilter — off kilter or out of kilter slightly strange or crazy, or not right in some way Things are totally out of kilter in our society …   English dictionary

  • out of kilter — jet lag has left me completely out of kilter Syn: awry, off balance, unbalanced, out of order, disordered, confused, muddled, disoriented, out of tune, out of whack, out of step; humorous discombobulated …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • out of kilter — adverb Disturbed; out of order; not working or adjusted properly. I stayed up late to watch a movie, and my entire sleeping schedule has been out of kilter ever since …   Wiktionary

  • out of kilter — not balanced right, not in a straight line or lined up right The door handle seems to be out of kilter and doesn t work well at all …   Idioms and examples

  • out of kilter — out of harmony or balance. → kilter …   English new terms dictionary

  • out of kilter — AWRY, off balance, unbalanced, out of order, disordered, confused, muddled, out of tune, out of step. → kilter …   Useful english dictionary


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