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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Alessandra Wood, vice president of style at interior design site Modsy, thinks rug pads are overlooked when decorating -- they prevent rugs from shifting to off-kilter angles, reduce wear and protect wood floors from scratches -- not to mention the extra layer of "coosh" they offer.
Despite its lengthy running time, the film is a tense and tightly-coiled affair, with Gibson and Vaughn terrific as the hard-bitten cops at ease in their world of violence, sexism and casual racism, but also following their own off-kilter moral code.
Despite its lengthy running time, the film is a tense and tightly oiled affair, with Gibson and Vaughn terrific as the tough guy cops at ease in their world of violence, sexism and casual racism, but also following their own off-kilter moral code.
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