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off-kilter

1. Out of equilibrium; not straight, level, or aligned properly; in a state of confusion or chaos. I felt a bit off-kilter for a while after receiving that blow to the head during football practice. The economy has remained off-kilter in many countries across Europe, even as the global economy has started to recover. Between my divorce, the death of my best friend, and the financial troubles at work, it seems like everything in my life has gone off-kilter recently.
2. Not working correctly or properly; out of order; out of w(h)ack. It sounds like your car's engine is a bit off-kilter. I'd recommend taking it to a mechanic before you go for any long drives.
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The Saracens winger was panned for missing a crucial tackle on French centre Wesley Fofana in last week's 23-13 win at HQ, while World Cup-winning wing Ben Cohen said in Mirror Sport that Ashton's attitude was off kilter.
People can cope well with multiple stresses then one thing can come along and knock them off kilter.
The CBSO orchestra and singers were a delight but the song choice seemed a little off kilter with the merriment of the season.
Away from the eyes of society, some people are a bit off kilter.
The Eleventh Hour Can't Last Forever"I s a memoir of Alison Johnson remembering her time growing up under a somewhat off kilter Father who always believed Armageddon was around the corner and the fear of disaster lead him to leave a lasting negative impact on his family.
They saw home is where the heart is, but if that home is not stable, the rest of our lives are off kilter.
But a select few groups are blending off kilter with cleanliness, block type and iconic images.
Someone graduated from the Exene Cervenka Slightly Off Kilter Institute for Vocals, but I had no idea there was a branch campus in Sweden.
But Taiwan wasn't the only one thrown off kilter by the quake.
Current single Lump In My Throat was another off kilter riff-driven tune, the intensity all too apparent to the appreciative crowd.
It's difficult to walk away from these without feeling a bit imbalanced and off kilter, though it's also the pure fun of it as well.
Despite all his preparations being thrown off kilter by the injury, Wynne heroically battled through the pain and discomfort to finish strongly and claim bronze.
Take a look at the entrance door to your shelter and see if it is hanging off kilter.
Joining with two Columbine survivors, both students having endured torturous and debilitating injuries from bullets purchased at Kmart, Moore confronts Kmart corporate executives and, in his signature way, throws them off kilter.
In the past few years, we've seen structural changes in the spending habits of Congress that could keep us off kilter.