out of whack


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whack

 (wăk, hwăk)
v. whacked, whack·ing, whacks
v.tr.
1. To strike (someone or something) with a sharp blow; slap.
2. Slang To kill deliberately; murder.
v.intr.
To deal a sharp, resounding blow.
n.
1. A sharp, swift blow.
2. The sound made by a sharp, swift blow.
Phrasal Verb:
whack off Vulgar Slang
To masturbate.
Idioms:
have/take a whack at Informal
To try out; attempt.
out of whack Informal
Improperly ordered or balanced; not functioning correctly.
whacked out Slang
1. Exhausted.
2. Crazy.
3. Under the influence of a mind-altering drug.

[Probably imitative.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.out of whack - out of balance or out of adjustment; "the front wheel of my bicycle is out of whack"
idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase, idiom - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
malfunctioning, nonfunctional - not performing or able to perform its regular function; "a malfunctioning valve"
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WE'VE long known that public employee pensions in Los Angeles County are out of whack.
He was a little bit out of whack tonight,'' catcher Paul Lo Duca said.
Mechanically, he was a little out of whack,'' Black said.