Examples of awry in a Sentence
- In his 1942 story "Runaround," Isaac Asimov offered his now-famous Three Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; a robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; and a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Most of Asimov's stories deal with things going awry because these laws don't equip robots to tackle real-world situations. —Robert J. Sawyer, Science, 16 Nov. 2007
- Beer is made up of a complex concoction of substances that stretch well beyond simply that of water and ethanol. There is ample opportunity, then, for things to go awry in the beer-making process. —David Filmore, Today's Chemist at Work, January 2002
- If you forget to sign your return, speckle it with correction fluid, or assemble the pages in the wrong order, the agent may take a much closer look to see if anything else is awry. —Janine S. Pouliot, Parenting, April 1997
- I was proud of my schoolteacher father. If his suit was out of press, and his necktie knotted awry, I was too new to the world to notice. —John Updike, New Yorker, 10 Mar. 1997
Recent Examples of awry from the Web
When things go awry, this manic firing of cells in the VTA contributes to the lack of motivation experienced in depression.
New Orleans investigators on Monday (April 9) released an image of a man suspected in a Gentilly carjacking that took place during a drug deal gone awry, according to the NOPD.
Even when there was an attempt to liven things up, things went awry.
There’s something about HAL’s bland implacability that makes him such an enduring symbol of modernity gone awry, and such a fitting vessel for our collective anxiety about an eventual evolutionary showdown against our own creations.
The kitschy, outdoorsy music video even depicts what could be perceived as a formal family gathering gone awry.
Star Wars missions often go awry, but this one goes disastrously wrong, having pretty much the exact opposite effect of what was intended.
The fair’s young, rank-and-file staff had to scramble when things went awry — like the time a guide went in a big Cadillac to get comedian Bob Hope from the airport.
For Pearland, Delameter had two more opportunities to score in the second half, the last time on a free kick from 27 yards, but both went awry.
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out of plumb (or off plumb);
AWRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of awry for English Language Learners
: not working correctly or happening in the expected way
: not straight or neat
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