out of place

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

out of place

  1. (idiomatic) Not in the proper situation or arrangement, or inappropriate for the circumstances.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. [] Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.
    She comes in out of the storm with not a hair out of place.   Amongst all those horsey people I felt quite out of place.