(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. askance, crooked, askew; out of order; mistaken, amiss, wrong; cockeyed, screwy (both sl.). See obliquity, disorder.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Wrong]
Syn. amiss, astray, wrong; see wrong 2 , 3 .
2. [Askew]
Syn. aslant, crooked, to one side; see crooked 1 , oblique 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. crooked askew, oblique, aslant.
2. amiss wrong, off course, astray, askew.
ANT.: 1. straight, even. 2. right, good, correct
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adverb Not in the right way or on the proper course: afield, amiss, astray, wrong. See THRIVE. II adjective Not in accordance with what is usual or expected: amiss, astray, sour, wrong. See SURPRISE, THRIVE. ax noun Informal. The act of dismissing or the condition of being dismissed from employment: discharge, dismissal, termination. Slang: boot1, bounce, sack1. See KEEP. ax verb Informal. To end the employment or service of: cashier, discharge, dismiss, drop, release, terminate. Informal: fire, pink-slip. Slang: boot1, bounce, can, sack1. Idioms: give someone his or her walking papers, give someone the ax, give someone the gate, give someone the pink slip, let go, show someone the door. See KEEP.

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