out of kilter

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Definition of out of kilter

used to describe something that is not in the exactly right position or condition or is not working in the usual or proper way, etc.Unexpected expenses threw the budget out of kilter.

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“Out of kilter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20kilter. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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