out of sorts

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

  1. (idiomatic) Irritable or somewhat unwell, with vague medical symptoms.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, ch. 13,
      “My lads,” said he, “we’ve had a hot day and are all tired and out of sorts.”
    • 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, BBC:
      Carlo Ancelotti's out-of-sorts team struggled to hit the target in the first half as Bolton threatened with Matthew Taylor lashing just wide.
  2. (printing, dated) With some letters or sorts of type deficient or exhausted in the case or font.

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