awry


awry
awry, askew, askance mean deviating from a straight line or direction. They may all imply divergence from what is straight or straightforward, direct, symmetrical, or orderly, but they are seldom applicable to the same things.
Awry carries a strong implication of disorderliness, of disarrangement, or of confusion
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the blinds all hang awry

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every- thing in the kitchen was awry

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their plans went awry

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Askew stresses crookedness or distortion. It implies that the thing so described is set at a wrong angle, is twisted out of its proper position, or goes off in the wrong direction
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every chair in this room is askew

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since the hurricane many of the trees are askew

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the seam in the front of your skirt runs askew

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Askance is used chiefly in the set phrases “to look, or eye, or view askance” which all mean to observe or examine with mistrust, suspicion, disfavor, jealousy, or disapproval
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aside the Devil turned for envy; yet with jealous leer malign eyed them askanceMilton

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both . . . were viewed askance by authority— Gladstone

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  • Awry — A*wry ([.a]*r[imac] ), adv. & a. [Pref. a + wry.] 1. Turned or twisted toward one side; not in a straight or true direction, or position; out of the right course; distorted; obliquely; asquint; with oblique vision; as, to glance awry. Your crown… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • awry — [ə rī′] adv., adj. [ME a wrie: see A 1 & WRY] 1. with a twist to a side; not straight; askew 2. wrong; amiss [our plans went awry] …   English World dictionary

  • awry — index anomalous, astray, defective, disordered, errant, faulty, incorrect, oblique (slanted) …   Law dictionary

  • awry — (adv.) late 14c., crooked, askew, from A (Cf. a ) (1) on + WRY (Cf. wry) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • awry — [adj] off course; amiss afield, askance, askew, aslant, astray, badly, bent, cockeyed, crooked, curved, slanting, turned, wrong, zigzag; concepts 537,581 Ant. ok, on course …   New thesaurus

  • awry — ► ADVERB & ADJECTIVE ▪ away from the expected course or position. ORIGIN from WRY(Cf. ↑wryness) …   English terms dictionary

  • awry — adj., adv. to go awry (our plans have gone awry) * * * [ə raɪ] to go awry (our plans have gone awry) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • awry — a|wry [əˈraı] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: on + wry] 1.) go awry if something goes awry, it does not happen in the way that was planned ▪ My carefully laid plans had already gone awry. 2.) not in the correct position ▪ He rushed out, hat awry …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • awry — [[t]əra͟ɪ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ If something goes awry, it does not happen in the way it was planned. She was in a fury over a plan that had gone awry. 2) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ If something is awry, it is not in its normal or proper… …   English dictionary

  • awry — adjective 1 go awry if something goes awry, it does not happen in the way that was planned: My carefully laid plans had already gone awry. 2 not in the correct position: He rushed out, hat awry …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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