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
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.
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.
Although radio foulups are less common now, the garage area is full of stories about communications that have gone awry over the years.
But at every avenue, Barry runs into unexpected allies, even friendly and powerful machines, that guide him when his plans threaten to go awry.
When their first attempt goes awry, Scott has a bizarre dream... from Janet's perspective.
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.
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.
Photo: IStock For some people, this system goes awry in a condition called depersonalization.
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Definition of awry for English Language Learners
: not working correctly or happening in the expected way
: not straight or neat
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