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off-key

[of music or singing] off pitch; out of tune. She always sings off-key and makes the rest of the choir sound like baying hounds.
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8 Ollie Cook was sent off for punching, but they pushed an offkey home side all the way and led twice before clinical finishes in the 76th and 80th minutes of normal time from replacement winger Parry dashed their hopes of an upset.
Chances are, then, that even if you are unable to whistle God Save the Queen without going offkey, then your ancestors could have had a good stab at it.
Matching rowdy street-smarts with eerie, offkey sounds, producer RZA and his motley crew's 1993 debut, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) rewrote the rap rulebook and made the Clan stars.
I would/ draw her but she's/ way past sleep and sheds her/ quiet like tickertape/ down the long hallway, talking/ cranky and offkey.
Cuban disco star Margarita, who shot to fame on the Clive James show with her feather boa and her offkey cover songs, is the star of the charity show at Cardiff's Angel Hotel.
SPRINGFIELD ACTRESS BOBBY ERDICH will sing Gay Nineties songs and do old-time comedy bits in period costume in her one-person show, "Madam Sheeza Offkey," in a free SHOcase Concert at 12:15 p.
In bright and sparkling Tokyo," he sang offkey, "there are three things I don't have.
Their self-conscious, offkey contributions perfectly -- and chillingly -- set the stage for all that follows.
The ordeal might have gone more easily had Omar not been Omar - singing reggae music offkey, slapping my back, philosophizing in a language he didn't understand, toasting a unified Africa, then toasting the mighty Rastafari, toasting me, then Doudou.
7) Thinking of such images, recurrent in Smith's work, helps me to sketch out some new thoughts on the form of her songlike poetic line, its relationship to social discourse, and its occasional dismissal for being too mired in tradition on the one hand and too apt to run eccentrically offkey or lapse into doggerel on the other.
Tone deaf humour and offkey animation characterise this incoherent and tuneless hymn to the unifying magic of music.
ONLY "We have to be at the top of our game and Everton have to be offkey.