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askew
used in
The Scarlet Letter

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(when used metaphorically) not right, or not as planned
  • Old Governor Bellingham would come grimly forth, with his King James' ruff fastened askew, and Mistress Hibbins, with some twigs of the forest clinging to her skirts, and looking sourer than ever, as having hardly got a wink of sleep after her night ride; and good Father Wilson too, after spending half the night at a death-bed, and liking ill to be disturbed, thus early, out of his dreams about the glorified saints.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (41% in)

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