a little off

a little off

1. Sickly, unwell, or out of sorts, either physically or mentally. You're looking a little off, Jim. Are you feeling all right? That dog on the corner looks a little off. I think we should walk another way home.
2. Somewhat strange, incorrect, inaccurate, or substandard. A: "The rest of your portrait is coming along really well, but the hands look a little off." B: "I know, hands are just so hard to draw!" The gameplay is great, but the graphics on the characters' faces are a little off.
3. Of food, spoiled or rotten. These chicken breasts look a little off—I think we should throw them in the garbage.
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One day while walking without a lift in my shoe, my gait was a little off and a nurse at my own hospital asked if I had hurt my leg.
It was tough for him to focus and his equilibrium was a little off.
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