English idioms – Out of Whack

Out of whack is an expression we can use to describe something that is not working or acting like it is supposed to. 

“Foreign plants and animals can throw an ecosystem out of whack.”

“My back is sore again today. It has been out of whack since I fell last week.”

“I’ve been on painkillers all week!”


out of whack

 (informalespecially North American English)1 no longer correct or working properlyThe system is clearly out of whack.All the traveling had thrown my body out of whack.The spending priorities were out of whack.2 not agreeing with or the same as something elseExpectations and reality got out of whack.

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