out of whack


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out of whack

1. Not or no longer working or functioning properly. I don't know what's wrong with it, but the computer is totally out of whack—I can't even get past the login screen. The mechanic thinks the carburetor might have been thrown out of whack in the collision.
2. In a disordered or chaotic state. My whole day has been thrown out of whack by this accident. Our production timeline is a little out of whack because of the server crash we've been dealing with.
3. Not or no longer feeling good or normal; depressed or melancholy. Sorry, I've been a bit out of whack lately. I think I just need a bit of time to myself. I think you've been cooped up inside for too long. It's important to get some sunshine and fresh air each day, or else you start feeling out of whack.
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*out of wack (and out of whack)

 
1. crazy, silly, or irrational. (*Typically: be ~.) Why do you always act as if you're out of whack? I'm not out of wack. I'm eccentric.
2. Fig. out of adjustment; to be out of order. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I'm afraid that my watch is out of whack. The elevator is out of wack. We'll have to walk up.
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out of whack

see under out of kilter.
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out of whack

out of order; not working. North American & Australian
1998 Bookseller There's been a fair amount of jeering…at the Sunday Times for getting its figures so comprehensively out of whack, by a factor of about 100 if memory serves.
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out of ˈwhack

(informal, especially American English)
1 not appropriate or correct, especially in relation to something else: The Olympics have made flights and accommodation here incredibly expensive. Prices are way out of whack with normal.If you ask me, his priorities are all out of whack. He should find a job first, then decide where to live.
2 (especially of a system or machine) not working as it should: Don’t bother trying to call me on my cellphone. It’s out of whack again.
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out of wack

verb
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out of w(h)ack

mod. out of adjustment; inoperative. (see also out of kilter.) I think my left eye is out of wack a little. Maybe I need glasses.
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out of whack

Informal
Improperly ordered or balanced; not functioning correctly.
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