ill at ease


Definition of ill at ease

: not feeling easy : uncomfortable

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Examples of ill at ease in a Sentence

He seemed ill at ease when we spoke with him. I'm usually ill at ease when addressing a large crowd of people.

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Salazar plays 28-year-old Alma Winograd-Diaz, a daycare center employee who’s ill at ease in her mundane existence. Jeanne Jakle,, "Amazon’s new animated series inspired by San Antonio," 31 July 2019 His most recent high-profile job, foreign secretary, found him ill at ease in a role that required more gravitas than grandiloquence. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Sure, Boris Johnson Is Funny. But Has He Ever Done a Job Well?," 22 July 2019 But then there’s Izzy — uncomplacent, ill at ease, thinking deeply about plenty of things other than herself. Washington Post, "‘Little Fires Everywhere’ is a nostalgia trip for ’90s kids — but it’s really all about the moms," 17 June 2019 Today there is a rare self-confidence about the U.K. that seems oddly ill at ease with the Brexit panic. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The U.K. Is Riding High—In All But Its Politics," 17 May 2019 But then there’s Izzy – uncomplacent, ill at ease, thinking deeply about plenty of things other than herself. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "It’s really all about the moms (and a few spoilers)," 21 June 2019 Something that shocks or fuels dissension can put you and others ill at ease. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for June 5, 2019: Gemini, research major purchase first; Libra, watch restless urge," 5 June 2019 Quinones is ill at ease doing the romantic scenes and reading the hokey dialogue, but the street kids around him play themselves naturally. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018 Now, Reagan, in turn, was trying to push human rights violations by the Russians, to sort of put Gorbachev a little bit ill at ease. Fox News, "How Will Markets Respond to North Korea Talks?," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of ill at ease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ill at ease

: not comfortable or relaxed : nervous or embarrassed

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