- in disorder or confusion.
- in disagreement or dispute.
Origin of six
Examples from the Web for six
It was a very faithful homage to a Six Million Dollar Man episode.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I just recently rewatched all six Star Wars movies the other day… Oh wow, from the beginning?Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But the program is just six weeks long, the Pentagon admitted Monday.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Andrew and Fergie separated in 1992 after six years of marriage and formally divorced in 1996.
Several of them disputed the figure of six million Jewish deaths in the Holocaust.
And then—well, I happen to forget what sort of a day this particular day turned into, about six of the clock.
I again refused, and we stood higgling, until we agreed that I should pay him six, and one by way of a dress for himself.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
At six o'clock, he wished to go to the manager and give up the part.Tales From Bohemia|Robert Neilson Stephens
The ground fell almost sheer six hundred feet to the flat bottom of the valley.London to Ladysmith via Pretoria|Winston Spencer Churchill
Of our ten animals, six were intended for riding, and four for carrying cargoes, each taking turn about.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World|Charles Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for six (1 of 2)
- a stroke in which the ball crosses the boundary without bouncing
- the six runs scored for such a stroke
- in disagreement
- in a state of confusion
- amounting to sixsix nations
- (as pronoun)set the table for six
Word Origin for six
British Dictionary definitions for six (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for six
Old English siex, six, sex, from Proto-Germanic *sekhs (cf. Old Saxon and Danish seks, Old Norse, Swedish, and Old Frisian sex, Middle Dutch sesse, Dutch zes, Old High German sehs, German sechs, Gothic saihs), from PIE *s(w)eks (cf. Sanskrit sas, Avestan kshvash, Persian shash, Greek hex, Latin sex, Old Church Slavonic sesti, Polish szesc, Russian shesti, Lithuanian szeszi, Old Irish se, Welsh chwech).
Six-shooter, usually a revolver with six chambers, is first attested 1844; six-pack of beverage containers is from 1952, of abdominal muscles by 1995. Six of one and half-a-dozen of the other "little difference" is recorded from 1833. Six-figure in reference to hundreds of thousands (of dollars, etc.) is from 1840. Six feet under "dead" is from 1942.
Phrase at sixes and sevens originally was "hazarding all one's chances," first in Chaucer, perhaps from dicing (the original form was on six and seven); it could be a corruption of on cinque and sice, using the French names (which were common in Middle English) for the highest numbers on the dice. Meaning "at odds, in disagreement or confusion" is from 1785, perhaps via a notion of "left unsettled."
Idioms and Phrases with six
In addition to the idioms beginning with six
- six feet under
- six of one, half a dozen of the other
- at sixes and sevens
- deep six
- Joe six-pack