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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Just what type of impact that had is debatable, but something was wrong Friday because he was out of kilter the whole night.
What was out of kilter in the festival was that dancers not yet able to handle half-hour stretches did so anyway, and works like Raymond Johnson's My Sin and TV Land lost their point.
Colborn added Park said his body was out of kilter and he felt tight before the bullpen session.
But Grudzielanek said it took him nearly three weeks to start feeling like his normal self, and by then his timing was out of kilter.