“Everybody was probably a little out of kilter,” Royko says.
Something's out of kilter if I'm doing more emitting than absorbing.
Aunt Atossa did not like being "caught in a kilter," so she went out of her way to be disagreeable.
Them ear-fixin's was good while they lasted, but they got out of kilter quick.
You can see it now, though it is all out of gear and kilter.
Then he said: 'There's no wonder the engine's out of kilter.
It is the place for the homeless, for the out of kilter, for the rudderless wrecks who drift.
“I guess it was my own sense of proportion that got out of kilter, Gee-Gee,” he finally said.
That means, the basic atoms of matter had been thrown out of kilter, sorta deranged.
It came there yesterday afternoon, and seems to be out of kilter.
in out of kilter (1620s) variant of English dialectal kelter (c.1600) "good condition, order," of unknown origin.