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She came out of the water with her glasses askew but still on her head.
  not straight (not in proper alignment)


(when used metaphorically) not right, or not as planned
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Strongly Associated with:   askance
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  • She came out of the water with her glasses askew but still on her head.
  • The earthquake left our pictures hanging askew.
  • I always see him without his jacket and with his tie yanked askew.
  • Her priorities are askew.

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  • Everything looked amateurish. Even the signs were hung askew.
  • But Marilla could not rid herself of the notion that something in her scheme of punishment was going askew.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • [T]he twins forced the sweater over his head, knocking his glasses askew.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Every sort of prisoner is represented; sad-looking middle-aged upper-class white men, their wire-rim glasses sometimes askew or broken; proud cholos looking vaguely Mayan and covered in gang markings; white women with bleached-out hair and very bad orthodontia; skinhead types with swastika tattoos on their faces; young black men with their hair bushed out because they had been forced to undo their cornrows; a skinny white father-and-son pair, obvious because they were the spitting…
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • He wondered whether her husband had found her beautiful first thing in the morning, with her hair askew, the way Travis did when he saw Gabby.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Mom’s cheery yellow sweater lies askew along the stitches on her throat and shoulder.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • Her wig was askew.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Suddenly the three of them were there, Mrs Whatsit with her pink stole askew; Mrs Who with her spectacles gleaming; and Mrs Which still little more than a shimmer.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • It wasn’t an expert blow—it landed clumsily, a bit askew—but it was enough to send Denny tumbling back onto his chair.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The cut-paper characters STUDY HARD AND ADVANCE EVERY DAY still hung on the front wall, but several pins were missing and some of the characters hung askew.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • But even as she absorbed this knowledge she moved her head listlessly, conscious of something else, a voice, a man’s voice, orotund, powerful, raging at the half-cowering and perspiring figure whose back was to her but whom she dimly recognized by the green eyeshade gone askew on his brow as Sholom Weiss.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The wooden bridge is more askew, rottener than I remember.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The closet doors were open, hanging askew by their hinges.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Instead of wearing a hat or coat, he had a long cloak draped over his head, and his wig sat askew.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • A weathered block of stone stood askew behind him, with a dim and vaguely human figure etched in the stained surface.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Ballet slippers, askew beneath a chair.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • At that he looks up, his glasses askew, scowling like he’s about to chastise me.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • They look as windblown as I feel, the frenzy of adrenaline in their eyes and their hair askew.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He looked at me askew.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Some unknown force had wrenched and shattered these cubes so that they lay askew, often piled diminishingly on each other.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • "Why, it’s potty wee Potter!" cackled Peeves, knocking Harry’s glasses askew as he bounced past him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • She couldn’t close her eyes without seeing her mother’s body split in half, arms askew, and filled with tumors.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • One of my legs is askew, the skin and muscle peeled away so that I can see white streaks of bone.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Mother’s dark hair would be all askew on the pillow and her face sweet and quiet.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He was dressed in his usual uniform: old jeans, a flannel shirt, and a bent pair of gold-rimmed spectacles that sat askew on the bridge of his nose.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • His dress cap was askew and in danger of falling.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He was alive in her head as if it were the first time she’d ever seen him, asleep on a sofa at the Institute with a book on his lap and his glasses askew on his small face.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • We drove past the community church, the cross on top slightly askew.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • It was an ordinary gesture of frustration, but its awkwardness made Ruth know that there was something truly askew in this girl.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • He saw a dark shape in the grass, crusted with blood, legs askew.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • A hundred yards ahead, the intersection was blocked by a couple of DCPJ police cars, parked askew, their purpose obvious.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Hair askew, buttons undone, I thought it was pretty obvious.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • The sarcophagus, like many in Rome, was askew with the wall, positioned awkwardly.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • One moment she is askew on Rosie’s head, lying flat.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • But Marilla could not rid herself of the notion that something in her scheme of punishment was going askew.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • O Zephine, O Josephine, face more than irregular, you would be charming were you not all askew.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The world is wrong; it’s as askew as a picture frame knocked on its side.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Her left leg was not severed, but it was badly broken and cut and it hung askew below the knee.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Tiny little Professor Flitwick, the Charms teacher, was sitting on a large pile of cushions beside Professor Sprout, the Herbology teacher, whose hat was askew over her flyaway gray hair.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Dodge flung out his fists and knocked Jack to the floor, left him splayed there with his wig askew, looking not at all like a person of high rank.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The pneumatic doors were slightly askew where the troll had barged through, but otherwise everything seemed operational.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He fell on the porch steps, screaming without sound, and scrambled up them on his hands and knees, snowshoes clattering and askew behind him.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He burst into the living room, his bald patch gleaming with sweat, his spectacles askew, Fred right behind him, both pale but uninjured.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • As he did so, Mr. Marvel reappeared, his hat askew, a big bundle in a blue table-cloth in one hand, and three books tied together—as it proved afterwards with the Vicar’s braces—in the other.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Mr Weasley’s body replaced Bill’s, his glasses askew, a trickle of blood running down his face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • All my life, they’ve been lying to me …. T: And so, for the first time, you had actual and direct evidence that there was something wrong, that something was askew.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
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