out of tune

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out of tune

  1. Not in the correct musical pitch.
    Synonyms: off-key, pitchy
    Antonym: in tune
    The violins go out of tune in damp weather.
    By the end of the song, I was completely out of tune with the guitar.
  2. (figuratively) Not in agreement or in harmony (with something).
    Synonym: out of step
    The party’s social policy is out of tune with the values of most citizens.
    • 1880, Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, Hartford: American Publishing Company, Chapter 31, p. 324,[2]
      [] a house which is aping the town fashions of Germany and France, a prim, hideous, straight-up-and-down thing, plastered all over on the outside to look like stone, and altogether so stiff, and formal, and ugly and forbidding, and so out of tune with the gracious landscape, and so deaf and dumb and dead to the poetry of its surroundings, that it suggests an undertaker at a picnic, a corpse at a wedding, a puritan in Paradise.

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