Idioms

    out of whack, Informal. out of order or alignment; not in proper condition.

Origin of whack

1710–20; orig. dial., Scots form of thwack; cf. whang2, whittle
Related formswhack·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for out of whack

whack

/ (wæk) /

verb (tr)

noun

interjection

an exclamation imitating the noise of a sharp resounding blow
Derived Formswhacker, noun

Word Origin for whack

C18: perhaps a variant of thwack, ultimately of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for out of whack

whack


v.

"to strike sharply," 1719, probably of imitative origin. The noun is from 1737. The word in out of whack (1885) is perhaps the slang meaning "share, just portion" (1785), which may be from the notion of the blow that divides, or the rap of the auctioneer's hammer.

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Idioms and Phrases with out of whack (1 of 2)

out of whack


see under out of kilter.

Idioms and Phrases with out of whack (2 of 2)

whack


In addition to the idioms beginning with whack

  • whacked out
  • whack off

also see:

  • have a crack (whack) at
  • out of kilter (whack)
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