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amiss

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Pronunciation: /əˈmɪs
 
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Definition of amiss in English:

adjective

[predicative]
Not quite right; inappropriate or out of place: there was something amiss about his calculations
More example sentences
  • I felt like myself yet there was something wrong, something amiss, something lacking from the scene.
  • At this point the store manager, who was taking stock nearby, sensed that there was something amiss at the till and walked over.
  • If something amiss is detected, the camera alerts a central control.
Synonyms
wrong, awry, faulty, out of order, defective, unsatisfactory, incorrect, untoward, adrift, astray, inappropriate, improper, unsuitable

adverb

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Wrongly or inappropriately: the prime minister may have constructed his cabinet a little amiss
More example sentences
  • What goes amiss in the smoker's crusade to defend themselves is the rights of the people who don't want to be subjected to smoke.
  • Obviously little would need to go amiss for the financial plan to go awry.
  • The Fijian way of life is glorified as the kind of life where people look after you if anything goes amiss.

Origin

Middle English: probably from Old Norse á mis 'so as to miss', from á 'on' + mis (related to miss1).

Phrases

take something amiss

1
British Be offended by something that is said, especially through misinterpreting the intentions behind it: don’t take this amiss, it’s all good-humoured teasing
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  • But since the state stood to benefit far more than any individual politician, no one took his ambition amiss.
  • Nobody there takes it amiss when things suddenly harden or go soft.
  • So I am sure that Keith will not take it amiss if I make a few comments (in my usual ‘take no prisoners’ way) about his theories.
Synonyms
be offended by, take offence at, be upset by

something would not go (or come) amiss

2
British The specified thing would be welcome and useful: you look as if a good meal wouldn’t go amiss
More example sentences
  • Which is something of a two-edged sword, in that, while I wouldn't wish to have a giant crashing down from above, a goose that lays golden eggs would not go amiss in these days of straightened circumstances.
  • A few trees would not go amiss, to break up the expanses and provide a bit of cover, but trees feature rarely in Japanese architecture, which is a shame as when they do appear, they always look exceptionally fine.
  • A clear indication of just how much further expansion costs are expected to drive this figure would not go amiss.
Synonyms
be welcome, be appropriate, be useful

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