be out of kilter

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be out of kilter

1. To be out of equilibrium; to not be straight, level, or aligned properly; to be in a state of chaos or confusion. I've been out of kilter ever since I got that blow to the head during football practice. The economy is still out of kilter in many countries across Europe, even as the global economy has started to recover.
2. To not work correctly or properly; to be out of order; to be out of w(h)ack. It sounds like your car's engine is a bit out of kilter. I'd recommend taking it to a mechanic before you go for any long drives.
See also: kilter, of, out
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The thing is out of kilter, especially when people are losing their jobs and many are getting only the basic statutory redundancy payments.
Every now and then, something happens that makes you think the world is out of kilter.
Much of the movement is out of kilter, with dancers hinging away from or falling off center, pushing through space with flexed hands and feet.