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awry

[uh-rahy] /əˈraɪ/
adverb, adjective
1.
with a turn or twist to one side; askew:
to glance or look awry.
2.
away from the expected or proper direction; amiss; wrong:
Our plans went awry.
Origin of awry
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English on wry. See a-1, wry
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  • His cap was gone, and his hair was awry; he was scarcely recognizable for a mask of perspiration and powder grime.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • The stove, with its perspective all awry, was tame and precise, and in colour as dingy as mire.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • The bands of his profession were ever awry upon a tattered shirt.

    A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley
  • Knowledge boxes all awry, mouths crooked, and noses that have had the upper-cut.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • We should know its dirty appearance and awry folding—not to mention bad writing—among ten thousand.

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
  • Anna Belle's nose was buried in the grass and her hat was awry.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • In place-names it may generally be translated by 'sloping' or 'aslant;' sometimes by 'awry' or 'tortuous.'

  • His coat is soiled and torn, his cravat is put on awry, and his linen is none of the cleanest.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
British Dictionary definitions for awry

awry

/əˈraɪ/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
with a slant or twist to one side; askew
2.
away from the appropriate or right course; amiss
Word Origin
C14 on wry; see a-², wry
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Word Origin and History for awry
adv.

late 14c., "crooked, askew," from a- (1) "on" + wry (adj.).

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