Adjective "awry" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Away from the usual or expected course; amiss.
  1. 'many youthful romances go awry'
  2. 'The slightest off-key note and the whole story can go awry.'
  3. 'When things go awry, they escape to the underground streets of the city.'
  4. 'But that overlooked the possibility that the war might go awry.'
  5. 'Willie finds Leo a job, but things rapidly go awry when a job goes dramatically and violently wrong.'
  6. 'Just for a moment, people were wondering was it going to go awry.'
  7. 'Of course, when things go awry we always single out and punish somebody, usually the coach.'
  8. 'This is a case where the justness of conception and of the means to carry it out go awry due to one slightly wrong choice.'
  9. 'Things go awry when, during a carefully orchestrated operation to free one of their imprisoned mates, a guard is killed.'
  10. 'Results often go awry if patients use flawed techniques, which prevent the medicine from reaching the airway passage.'
  11. 'There is the potential for preparing fish in a spice tea mix to go awry, but the first flake of perfectly poached salmon was a revelation.'
  12. 'Her hair was badly done, her skirts were awry, her hands were red.'
  13. 'He walked alone, grim-faced, hair awry and eyes glowering.'
  14. 'The editor came from the inner office, a straw hat awry on his brow.'


1. with a turn or twist to one side; askew: to glance or look awry.

2. away from the expected or proper direction; amiss; wrong: Our plans went awry.

More examples(as adjective)

"jobs can be awry in faces."

"bets can be awry for leaders."

"tempis can be awry near ends."

"tapes can be awry over sweaters."

"tapes can be awry over skirts."

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Late Middle English: from a- ‘on’ + wry.