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awry (adv) not in the right position or order; (used as a part of the phrase, 'go awry') (a plan, an action, etc.) not shaping up to our ideas.

When a thing is not in the right position it is awry. He wore his hat awry - this means that his hat was not in the proper position. A person's head many be awry if they bend their head to one side. The lamppost hit by a truck stood awry, this means, hit by a truck, the lamppost leaned to one side. If your plans are not going right, and are not shaping up as you want them to, they go awry. If your actions do not yield the results you desire of them, your actions go awry.

  • He kept his head awry, in a thoughtful and serious mood, but the tilt of his head only gave him a comical look.
  • The US's plans to bring Iraq under its control in the name of establishing peace in the region around have gone awry, as normalcy in the country and peace around the region are still a dream, far from realization.
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