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Definition of awry 

1 : off the correct or expected course : amiss Their plans went awry.

2 : in a turned or twisted position or direction : askew His wig was put on all awry, with the tail straggling about his neck.— Charles Dickens

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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
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In the third installment, Hotel Transylvania 3: Family Vacation, a trip on the luxury Monster Cruise Ship goes awry when Dracula starts to fall for the ship’s captain — who turns out to be the great-granddaughter of his ancient archenemy. Michael Waters, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hotel Transylvania 3': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character," 13 July 2018 The pharmaceutical company also raised fears that the drug could lead to a botched execution, citing cases that apparently went awry elsewhere around the country. Author: Ken Ritter, Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, "Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug," 12 July 2018 Although radio foulups are less common now, the garage area is full of stories about communications that have gone awry over the years. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "How radio communication provided a winning tool and changed the course of NASCAR racing," 9 July 2018 But at every avenue, Barry runs into unexpected allies, even friendly and powerful machines, that guide him when his plans threaten to go awry. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "In The Robots of Gotham, AI has taken over the world — and become exactly like us," 7 July 2018 When their first attempt goes awry, Scott has a bizarre dream... from Janet's perspective. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ant-Man and the Wasp review: Even smaller scale, even bigger heart," 6 July 2018 But when things that Glencore is meant to be expert at, such as operating in dodgy countries, go awry, its investment case is harder to make. The Economist, "Glencore faces a DoJ probe stretching from Africa to the Americas," 5 July 2018 But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advance Movie Screening for the Family," 2 July 2018 Photo: IStock For some people, this system goes awry in a condition called depersonalization. Helen Thomson, WSJ, "Strange Stories of Extraordinary Brains—and What We Can Learn From Them," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of awry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for awry

see wry entry 1

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awry

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of awry

: not working correctly or happening in the expected way

: not straight or neat

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Kids Definition of awry

1 : turned or twisted to one side : askew His hat was all awry.

2 : out of the right course : amiss The plans had gone awry.

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