out of kilter

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

out of kilter (comparative more out of kilter, superlative most out of kilter)

  1. (idiomatic) Disturbed; out of order; not working or adjusted properly.
    I stayed up late to watch a movie, and my entire sleeping schedule has been out of kilter ever since.

Usage notes[edit]

Often used with throw, as "an impact can throw the adjustment out of kilter."