out of tune

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out of tune

1. Literally, not in the correct musical key. Hyphenated if used before a noun. I think your voice is a bit out of tune. Overall, the performance was very enjoyable, but there was one out-of-tune brass player that was driving me nuts the whole night.
2. By extension, at odds with what is normal, standard, or expected. Hyphenated if used before a noun. There was something out of tune about the way he spoke that made me think that something was very wrong. Her character is an out-of-tune caricature of modern superheroes.
See also: of, out, tune

*out of tune

 (with someone or something)
1. Lit. not in musical harmony with someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) The oboe is out of tune with the flute. The flute is out of tune with John. They are all out of tune.
2. Fig. not in agreement with someone or something. (*Typically: be ~.) Your proposal is out of tune with my ideas of what we should be doing. Your ideas are out of tune with company policy.
See also: of, out, tune