out of square


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out of square

1. Literally, not at or forming right angles (as or of a square). Are you blind? The foundation to this house is completely out of square! The house has a couple of door frames out of square, but otherwise, it's a fine example of carpentry.
2. By extension, not in agreement or alignment; faulty or not in proper order. Environmentalists are claiming that the study on climate change, backed largely by the oil industry, is completely out of square with the truth. Everything about this project has been out of square from the beginning—I think it's time we just started the whole thing over.
See also: of, out, square
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out of square

see under on the square.
See also: of, out, square
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

out of square

1. Mathematics Not at exact right angles.
2. Not in agreement.
See also: of, out, square
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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