at sixes and sevens


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six

 (sĭks)
n.
1. The cardinal number equal to 5 + 1.
2. The sixth in a set or sequence.
3. Something having six parts, units, or members, especially a motor vehicle having six cylinders.
Idiom:
at sixes and sevens
In a state of confusion or disorder.

[Middle English, from Old English; see s(w)eks in Indo-European roots.]

six adj. & pron.

at sixes and sevens

In a confused or disordered state.
Translations
بلا نِظام أو تَرْتيب
vzhůru nohama
hulter til bulter
í ruglingi, á tjá og tundri

six

(siks) noun
1. the number or figure 6.
2. the age of 6.
adjective
1. 6 in number.
2. aged 6.
six-
having six (of something). a six-cylinder engine.
sixth noun
1. one of six equal parts.
2. (also adjective) (the) last of six (people, things etc); (the) next after the fifth.
ˈsix-year-old noun
a person or animal that is six years old.
adjective
(of a person, animal or thing) that is six years old.
at sixes and sevens
in confusion; completely disorganized. On the day before the wedding, the whole house was at sixes and sevens.
References in classic literature ?
Well, whatever you do, if he's a lazy good-for-nought, everything'll be at sixes and sevens.
Her quick mind and changing moods bewildered him, while her outlook on life was so different from what he conceived a woman's outlook should be, that he was more often than not at sixes and sevens with her.