get out of kilter

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get out of kilter

1. To become out of equilibrium; to become not straight, level, or aligned properly; to be in a state of chaos or confusion. Between my divorce, the death of my best friend, and the financial troubles at work, it seems like everything in my life has gotten out of kilter recently. John got a little out of kilter after being knocked in the head in football practice earlier.
2. To stop working correctly or properly; to be or become out of order; to be out of w(h)ack. It sounds like your car's engine has gotten a bit out of kilter. I'd recommend taking it to a mechanic before you go for any long drives.
See also: get, kilter, of, out
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But when the life/ work/fame balance gets out of kilter, and you start putting drugs into the mix, it's completely toxic.
Your life gets out of kilter when you're on night shift.
The Gaia hypothesis, named for the ancient Greek goddess of Earth, even put forth the idea that our planet behaves as a kind of giant organism, with its complex systems finely tuned to compensate when one system gets out of kilter.
But sometimes the system gets out of kilter. Receptors can become overly sensitive to stimulation, or nerve cells may not produce enough serotonin, causing or exacerbating a variety of psychological problems.