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kilter

[kil-ter] /ˈkɪl tər/
noun
1.
good condition; order:
The engine was out of kilter.
2.
Poker. skeet2 .
Origin of kilter
1630-1640
1630-40; variant of dial. kelter < ?
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kilter

/ˈkɪltə/
noun
1.
working order or alignment (esp in the phrases off kilter, out of kilter)
Word Origin
C17: origin unknown
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n.

in out of kilter (1620s) variant of English dialectal kelter (c.1600) "good condition, order," of unknown origin.

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out of kilter

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