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
Social media clips of arrests that go awry add to the pressure for training.
This is a helpful safeguard in case something goes awry.
A week ago, Todd Peterson was merely an LSU reliever who was gaining confidence each week after his early season shot in the starting rotation went awry.
But when the implementation goes awry, well, the cons can get pretty ugly.
An 18-year-old who put his suburban Kansas City high school for sale on Craigslist has been banned from graduation after the senior prank went awry.
Until the ratings plummet or the television deal goes awry, McMahon will not change the current style of the product.
But the injury was only the final setback in a career that seemed to go awry after his great moment in Brazil.
That quickly went awry, though, as Conant forced a turnover.
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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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