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at sixes and sevens

Definitions

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  • In a state of confusion.
  • In a state of dispute or disagreement.

Etymologies

Unknown, though it may have originated from the game of hazard and the Old French cinc ("five") and sis ("six"), the riskiest numbers to shoot for, which were misheard and folk-etymologized into English as "six" and "seven". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Standing on the deck of Nassau-Siegen’s yacht, Jones and the other officers of the Flotilla and Squadron could see, in the moonlight, the Turkish ships at sixes and sevens in the mud on the distant shore.

    John Paul Jones

  • The lady's comments had explained much about the changes in James Reyburn, and left Amanda at sixes and sevens over the enigmatic man who scorned life, but kissed with a boundless passion.

    Hero Come Back

  • It's been down since about lunchtime, and I think they're at sixes and sevens over there.

    It's October, 1956.

  • As for the thin scarlet breeches, they had been unripp’d by the taylor between the legs, and left at sixes and sevens — — Yes, Madam, — but let us govern our fancies.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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