- Not quite right; inappropriate or out of place: there was something amiss about his calculationsMore 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.
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- Wrongly or inappropriately: the prime minister may have constructed his cabinet a little amissMore 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.
take something amiss
- 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 teasingMore example sentences
be offended by, take offence at, be upset by
- 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.
something would not go (or come) amiss
- British The specified thing would be welcome and useful: you look as if a good meal wouldn’t go amissMore example sentences
be welcome, be appropriate, be useful
- 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.
Middle English: probably from Old Norse á mis 'so as to miss', from á 'on' + mis (related to miss1).