off-kilter

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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Jennifer's Body is a distinctly off-kilter teen horror that doesn't quite find its rhythm.
A new vote for the presidency and vicepresidency was held two years later, and the election cycle has been off-kilter since.
Everything seems very prim and normal and then you notice it's off-kilter.
In London, a Dutch banker named Hans hears the news, and remembers his unlikely friendship with Chuck and the off-kilter New York in which it flourished: the New York of 9/11, the powercut and the Iraq war.
The stumbling, out-of-time bass rumble keeps everything brilliantly off-kilter, and by the end of the record you feel like you've emerged from tailing a tired ghost through Tokyo's backstreets at 3AM.
This remarkable indie quintet -- which, naturally, is from Georgia -- has made an irresistible new album that somehow puts together Eurodisco, atonal guitar, cheerfully gloomy lyrics and some unexpectedly bracing off-kilter melodies for a cartoony set that's as addictive as Pez.
Usually they're anywhere from 7 to 10 pounds," she reported, adding that the off-kilter manner in which a purse is carried is a big part of the problem.
Thus was the tone set for the 75-minute piece, careening between casual and formal, traditional and modern, and frequently off-kilter.
Restrained in comparison to previous scenarios, both Champion--featuring a classically draped hero toting a lifelike Goliath-size decapitated head--and Homo habilis, with its off-kilter natural history diorama vibe, nevertheless seem vaguely hokey exceptions to White's new lower-key rule.
It is not helped by some quirky casting leading to some off-kilter performances by the two principals.
Some off-kilter, Gang of Four-ish, party edge-type of stuff, with the second song rendered catchy and toe tapping.
The block includes such off-kilter postmodern cartoons as "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," a send-up of classic action-hero shows starring a life-sized talking milkshake prone to such bizarrely ill-informed pronouncements as "plaque is a figment of the liberal media and the dental industry to scare you into buying useless appliances and pastes"; "Sealab 2021," a workplace comedy where nobody can ever leave the underwater office; "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law," a "Perry Mason"-like spoof in which a winged superhero with a law degree defends famous cartoon figures accused of various crimes; and "Home Movies," a show about a single mom, her moviemaking son, and his alcoholic soccer coach, all united in their mutually amiable incompetence.
Each scene gets wilder, choreographed with an off-kilter panache resulting in moments worthy of the Drunken Master films.
From their accents and their bungled English to their often off-kilter understanding of American culture, her characters represent the hodgepodge of sights and sounds that make up a place as diverse as Queens.