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askew
used in The Magic Mountain

8 uses
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Definition
not straight (not in proper alignment)

or:

(when used figuratively) not right, or not as planned
  • And he laughed, which set his upper lip and short-cropped moustache a little more askew.
    5.2 - My God, I See It! (74% in)
  • He was a bony man, a good three heads taller than Dr. Krokowski, with a shock of white hair; his neck vertebrae stuck out, and his watery, bloodshot blue eyes protruded; he had a snub nose above a little short-cropped moustache, which sat slightly askew because his upper lip was turned up at one comer.
    3.2 - Breakfast (80% in)
  • There was too much red in the face, the nose was very badly drawn, the hair color was wrong, almost that of straw, the mouth was askew; the special fascination of her features had not been brought out, was not even apparent, but only coarsened by exaggeration.
    5.6 - Humaniora (35% in)
  • He was seated between Herr Wehsal and the hunchbacked Mexican, with whom he spoke Spanish—because he was a master of many languages, including Turkish and Hungarian—and folding his gigantic hands before his plate and hitching his moustache more askew, he watched with protruding, bloodshot, blue eyes as Consul Tienappel raised his glass of bordeaux to Frau Redisch at her table.
    6.5 - An Attack Repulsed (90% in)
  • Wehsal had set his jaw askew.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (76% in)
  • ...beneath the shadow cast by the tragedy of a great failure—ever since that turning point, it had seemed to the young man as if there were something uncanny about the world and life, as if there were something peculiar, something increasingly askew and disquieting about it, as if a demon had seized power, an evil and crazed demon, who had long exercised considerable influence, but now declared his lordship with such unrestrained candor that he could instill in you secret terrors, even...
    7.6 - The Great Stupor (24% in)
  • Wehsal's jaw was set askew.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (66% in)
  • Their flushed, wet faces, splattered with mud, are framed by chin straps and gray cloth-covered helmets worn askew; they are flushed with exertion and the sight of the casualties they took moving through the marshy wood.
    7.10 - The Thunderbolt (76% in)

There are no more uses of "askew" in The Magic Mountain.

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