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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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Sepsis, on the other hand, happens when the body's response to fighting off infections goes awry. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain LOST It After Whoopi Goldberg Returned to Give a Health Update," 14 Mar. 2019 Their plans for an early night went awry due to the excitement of having all their favorite people in one place. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Two Ultra-Stylish Brides Dreamed Up the Ultimate Countryside Wedding," 21 Feb. 2019 But should prosecutions go awry, China may find itself with a trump card—and justification for retaliation. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "U.S. Weaponizes Its Criminal Courts in Fight Against China and Huawei," 17 Jan. 2019 But early on my plans to look like an Instagram-influencer-meets-nonchalant-cool-girl went awry. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: A Vintage Versace Jean Jacket," 9 Jan. 2019 The clashes followed what Israel said was an intelligence operation gone awry at the weekend in Gaza that left seven Palestinian militants and an Israeli military officer dead. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Hamas Steps Back From All-Out War With Israel," 13 Nov. 2018 Mercifully, Solo takes a breather from these galaxy-shattering storylines and just tells a simple yarn about a train heist gone awry with a dizzying number of double-crosses to tie things together. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Is Good, But It Could've Been Great," 29 May 2018 Netflix’s next big movie is a heist film starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac as former military operatives who take their training and use it to attempt a major robbery, where things, naturally, go awry. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: True Detective, Once Upon a Deadpool, Godzilla, and more," 15 Dec. 2018 Before Tom and Mary can live happily ever after, seemingly everything goes awry. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "13 Classic Christmas Movies That Millennials Should Definitely Watch," 6 Dec. 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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The first known use of awry was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of awry

: not working correctly or happening in the expected way
: not straight or neat
\ ə-ˈrī How to pronounce awry (audio) \

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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