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Definition improper position or unplanned outcome
  • Your crown's awry; I'll mend it and then play.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • She is wearing a T-shirt like the dwarf's and Viktor says this is the result of an importing ploy gone awry.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Then as though there was not enough trouble with the women of his house all awry, there was Wang Lung's youngest son.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • A monument to kitsch gone woefully awry.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I entered a scene that felt like a holiday party gone awry—a few bottles of champagne rested on one desk, surrounded by tiny paper cups.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Avada — Harry launched himself across the floor and grabbed the Death Eater around the knees, causing him to topple and his aim to go awry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • His mouth was twisted awry till it met his ears ... flakes of fire streamed from it.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • A pause in the wrong place, an intonation misunderstood, and a whole conversation went awry.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Something definitely was awry.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It may be unbalanced to fly out of England, but to stay away eight months argues that the heart is awry as well as the head.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Tears of rage that all his plans had gone awry.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • His tie was slightly awry, he kept biting his nails, those of one hand only, his right...... I needn't go on, need I?
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Her bonnet was awry; she was incomparably dowdy.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He has lost his straw hat, his tie is awry, and his blue suit is dirty.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • I want that gold ready when Gudgeon's plan goes awry.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • She doesn't care about the technology—she suspects that something is awry with my test results.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Somehow, my plan for last night had gone horribly awry, and I needed come to grips with the consequences.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Cinder bit back awry laugh.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • That is, if Mandel doesn't throw the scheme awry, thought Roran.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • For example, many airlines teach a standardized procedure for copilots to challenge the pilot if he or she thinks something has gone terribly awry.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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