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kilter

[ kil-ter ]
/ ˈkɪl tər /
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noun
good condition; order: The engine was out of kilter.
Poker. skeet2.
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Origin of kilter

First recorded in 1630–40; variant of dial. kelter< ?
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British Dictionary definitions for kilter

kilter

kelter

/ (ˈkɪltə) /

noun
working order or alignment (esp in the phrases off kilter, out of kilter)

Word Origin for kilter

C17: origin unknown
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Other Idioms and Phrases with kilter

kilter

see out of kilter.

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