out of practice


: not having done or practiced something with the result that one's skills are not as good as they once were
I used to be pretty good at playing the piano, but I'm out of practice now.

Examples of out of practice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Multiple offensive players are also limited or out of practice, including receivers Josh Delgado and Justius Lowe, leaving just six scholarship wide outs available as of Tuesday. oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2023 Justin Jones were held out of practice, and rookie center Doug Kramer was not spotted. Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 15 Aug. 2022 The air-traffic system is essentially out of practice responding to peaks in demand, said John Hansman, an aerospace professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has researched delays and the air-traffic system. Dallas News, 5 May 2022 Caution was exercised when Reimer was held out of practice Wednesday after facing 46 shots the night before. Ross McKeon, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Dec. 2021 An ankle injury has kept Kirkpatrick out of practice over the past week. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 15 Nov. 2021 Everyone seems uneasy from being out of practice and/or general existential dread, but there isn’t a particularly backbiting energy on the beach. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 17 Aug. 2021 The musicians sounded terrific and not one iota out of practice, albeit it for a deeply ironic reason. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021 People have been able to dissociate or hide in virtual meetings - turning off their camera, muting themselves - and are out of practice in traditional human engagement. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021

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“Out of practice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20practice. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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