skew-whiff

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Etymology[edit]

Probably from askew

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Adjective[edit]

skew-whiff (comparative more skew-whiff, superlative most skew-whiff)

  1. (UK, Australia, colloquial) Askew; lopsided, not straight.
    I hung up that picture, but it looks skew-whiff to me.
    • 1971, Blackwood′s Magazine, Volume 309, page 497,
      [] I′ve just been looking up at them and it seems to me that Cassiopeia′s Chair is a bit more skew-whiff than usual. Either it′s been moved or we′re heading the wrong way.”
    • 1984, Punch, Volume 286, Part 1, page 87,
      I nudged him to remember what was surely the best day of his life—when he had walked serenely through the milling throng, moist-eyed, and sheepish grin more skew-whiff than ever, in the starling-shrieking, jabbering cockpit of that tumbledown stadium at Delhi on Christmas Eve in 1981.
    • 1997, University of Tasmania, Australian Literary Studies, Volume 18, page 199,
      His genially skew-whiff posture for the camera may be intended to deflect easy attempts to get an angle on him.
    • 1999, Alan Wall, The Lightning Cage, page 4,
      Johnson replied, with a shake of his massive head so vigorous that his ill-fitting wig became even more skew-whiff: [] .
    • 2005, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback edition, 401,
      He wasn′t wearing shoes or a jacket and tie, and his front stud was undone, so that the white collar stood up skew-whiff.
    • 2009, Charles Rawlings-Way, Meg Worby, Lindsay Brown, Paul Harding, Central Australia: Adelaide to Darwin Lonely Planet, page 112,
      In a gorgeous old stone-fronted house at a skew-whiff angle to the road, this main-street, mainstream eatery serves big breakfasts, pizzas, burgers, lasagne, focaccias, bruschetta and salads.
    • 2009, Justine Vaisutis, Australia, Lonely Planet, page 530,
      The Cat is a large, comfortable space with a great atmosphere and skew-whiff 1950s decor (a Melbourne trademark).

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