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ill at ease

Nervous or anxious. My sister loves performing, but I'm ill at ease on stage. Fred is ill at ease in big crowds.
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ill at ease

uneasy; anxious. I feel ill at ease about the interview. You look ill at ease. Please relax.
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ill at ease

Uncomfortable, uneasy, as in Large parties made him feel ill at ease. [c. 1300] For an antonym, see at ease.
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ˌill at ˈease

nervous, especially in a social situation: He always feels ill at ease at parties.She looked very ill at ease during her speech. OPPOSITE: at (your) ease
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ill at ease

Anxious or unsure; uneasy: The stranger made me feel ill at ease.
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Spowers betrays an environmental movement ill at ease with science, cherry-picking what evidence to believe, assessing the credibility of scientists according to who pays their wages.
It's not quite successful: Many of the dancers look ill at ease, except in a section where the women are tough and competent, Charlie's Angels with a revolutionary edge.
Personally, I was also ill at ease about some developments within my own denomination and felt a need to learn more about the Christian church before it split into its Eastern and Western parts nearly 1,000 years ago.
Yet, despite a serious lack of media attention to trade issues, polls show that Americans are increasingly ill at ease with free trade policies that boost corporate profits while cutting wages, ending farm subsidies, and deregulating environmental and consumer protections.
But the middle class has good reason to feel ill at ease.
In consequence, many contemporary buildings at Cambridge stand shoulder to shoulder and ill at ease, like VIPs at a cocktail party who have not been introduced to one another.
A skeptic, he denied or ridiculed traditional Christian values, patriotism, and heterosexuality, though he was ill at ease with his own nonconformity.
The middle - aged and successful owner of a Toyota automobile dealership, Rabbit continues to fail in his domestic relationships and to feel ill at ease in life in Rabbit Is Rich (1981), a novel that in 1982 won the Pulitzer Prize and an American Book Award.
Charlie Hills's colt was outpaced and ill at ease on the track when winning the July Cup at Newmarket last time and today's extra half-furlong on drying ground is in his favour.
So you can forgive Midland manufacturers for feeling ill at ease about the threat of pulling out of Europe.
He said the phenomena of Black Friday left him ill at ease.
The former King Edward's School pupil added: "I have never been to a country more ill at ease.
Treve appeared not to move well to post in the hands of Frankie Dettori and looked ill at ease during the race, though she did stay on at the end of the mile-and-a-quarter Group One to take minor honours.
However, the Argentina striker seemed ill at ease as Bolton's five-match unbeaten run came to an end.
These youngsters are aware of being "less well-off", which leads them to feel ill at ease, embarrassed and "out of their element", it says.