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.
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at sixes and sevens

In a confused or disordered state.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
There was us in Europe all at sixes and sevens with our silly flags and our silly newspapers raggin' us up against each other and keepin' us apart, and there was China, solid as a cheese, with millions and millions of men only wantin' a bit of science and a bit of enterprise to be as good as all of us.