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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 out of sorts

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Out adv.  In its original and strict sense, out means from the interior of something; beyond the limits or boundary of somethings; in a position or relation which is exterior to something; -- opposed to in or into. The something may be expressed after of, from, etc. (see Out of, below); or, if not expressed, it is implied; as, he is out; or, he is out of the house, office, business, etc.; he came out; or, he came out from the ship, meeting, sect, party, etc. Out is used in a variety of applications, as: --
 1. Away; abroad; off; from home, or from a certain, or a usual, place; not in; not in a particular, or a usual, place; as, the proprietor is out, his team was taken out.  Opposite of in. “My shoulder blade is out.”
    He hath been out (of the country) nine years.   --Shak.
 2. Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy, constraint, etc., actual or figurative; hence, not in concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; a matter of public knowledge; as, the sun shines out; he laughed out, to be out at the elbows; the secret has leaked out, or is out; the disease broke out on his face; the book is out.
    Leaves are out and perfect in a month.   --Bacon.
    She has not been out [in general society] very long.   --H. James.
 3. Beyond the limit of existence, continuance, or supply; to the end; completely; hence, in, or into, a condition of extinction, exhaustion, completion; as, the fuel, or the fire, has burned out; that style is on the way out. “Hear me out.”
    Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.   --Ps. iv. 23.
    When the butt is out, we will drink water.   --Shak.
 4. Beyond possession, control, or occupation; hence, in, or into, a state of want, loss, or deprivation; -- used of office, business, property, knowledge, etc.; as, the Democrats went out and the Whigs came in; he put his money out at interest. “Land that is out at rack rent.” --Locke. “He was out fifty pounds.” --Bp. Fell.
    I have forgot my part, and I am out.   --Shak.
 5. Beyond the bounds of what is true, reasonable, correct, proper, common, etc.; in error or mistake; in a wrong or incorrect position or opinion; in a state of disagreement, opposition, etc.; in an inharmonious relation. “Lancelot and I are out.”
    Wicked men are strangely out in the calculating of their own interest.   --South.
    Very seldom out, in these his guesses.   --Addison.
 6. Not in the position to score in playing a game; not in the state or turn of the play for counting or gaining scores.
 Note:Out is largely used in composition as a prefix, with the same significations that it has as a separate word; as outbound, outbreak, outbuilding, outcome, outdo, outdoor, outfield. See also the first Note under Over, adv.
 Day in, day out, from the beginning to the limit of each of several days; day by day; every day.
 Out at, Out in, Out on, etc., elliptical phrases, that to which out refers as a source, origin, etc., being omitted; as, out (of the house and) at the barn; out (of the house, road, fields, etc., and) in the woods.
 Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
 Out into the west, as the sun went down.   --C. Kingsley.
 Note: In these lines after out may be understood, “of the harbor,” “from the shore,” “of sight,” or some similar phrase.  The complete construction is seen in the saying: Out of the frying pan into the fire.”
 Out from, a construction similar to out of (below). See Of and From.
 Out of, a phrase which may be considered either as composed of an adverb and a preposition, each having its appropriate office in the sentence, or as a compound preposition.  Considered as a preposition, it denotes, with verbs of movement or action, from the interior of; beyond the limit: from; hence, origin, source, motive, departure, separation, loss, etc.; -- opposed to in or into; also with verbs of being, the state of being derived, removed, or separated from. Examples may be found in the phrases below, and also under Vocabulary words; as, out of breath; out of countenance.
 Out of cess, beyond measure, excessively. --Shak.
 Out of character, unbecoming; improper.
 Out of conceit with, not pleased with. See under Conceit.
 Out of date, not timely; unfashionable; antiquated.
 Out of door, Out of doors, beyond the doors; from the house; not inside a building; in, or into, the open air; hence, figuratively, shut out; dismissed. See under Door, also, Out-of-door, Outdoor, Outdoors, in the Vocabulary. “He 's quality, and the question's out of door,” --Dryden.
 Out of favor, disliked; under displeasure.
 Out of frame, not in correct order or condition; irregular; disarranged. --Latimer.
 Out of hand, immediately; without delay or preparation; without hesitation or debate; as, to dismiss a suggestion out of hand. “Ananias . . . fell down and died out of hand.” --Latimer.
 Out of harm's way, beyond the danger limit; in a safe place.
 Out of joint, not in proper connection or adjustment; unhinged; disordered. “The time is out of joint.” --Shak.
 Out of mind, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit of memory; as, time out of mind.
 Out of one's head, beyond commanding one's mental powers; in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]
 Out of one's time, beyond one's period of minority or apprenticeship.
 Out of order, not in proper order; disarranged; in confusion.
 Out of place, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not proper or becoming.
 Out of pocket, in a condition of having expended or lost more money than one has received.
 Out of print, not in market, the edition printed being exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.
 Out of the question, beyond the limits or range of consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
 Out of reach, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.
 Out of season, not in a proper season or time; untimely; inopportune.
 Out of sorts, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell; unhappy; cross. See under Sort, n.
 Out of temper, not in good temper; irritated; angry.
 Out of time, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.
 Out of time, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an agreeing temper; fretful.
 Out of twist, Out of winding, or Out of wind, not in warped condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of surfaces.
 Out of use, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.
 Out of the way. (a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded. (b) Improper; unusual; wrong.
 Out of the woods, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]
 Out to out, from one extreme limit to another, including the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to measurements.
 Out West, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some Western State or Territory. [U. S.]
 To come out, To cut out, To fall out, etc.  See under Come, Cut, Fall, etc.
 To make out See to make out under make, v. t. and v. i..
 To put out of the way, to kill; to destroy.
 Week in, week out. See Day in, day out (above).

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sort, n.
 1. A kind or species; any number or collection of individual persons or things characterized by the same or like qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems.
 2. Manner; form of being or acting.
 Which for my part I covet to perform,
 In sort as through the world I did proclaim.   --Spenser.
    Flowers, in such sort worn, can neither be smelt nor seen well by those that wear them.   --Hooker.
    I'll deceive you in another sort.   --Shak.
 To Adam in what sort
 Shall I appear?   --Milton.
    I shall not be wholly without praise, if in some sort I have copied his style.   --Dryden.
 3. Condition above the vulgar; rank. [Obs.]
 4. A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals. [Obs.] “A sort of shepherds.” --Spenser. “A sort of steers.” --Spenser. “A sort of doves.” --Dryden. “A sort of rogues.” --Massinger.
 A boy, a child, and we a sort of us,
 Vowed against his voyage.   --Chapman.
 5. A pair; a set; a suit.
 6. pl. Print. Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered.
 Out of sorts Print., with some letters or sorts of type deficient or exhausted in the case or font; hence, colloquially, out of order; ill; vexed; disturbed.
 To run upon sorts Print., to use or require a greater number of some particular letters, figures, or marks than the regular proportion, as, for example, in making an index.
 Syn: -- Kind; species; rank; condition.
 Usage: Sort, Kind. Kind originally denoted things of the same family, or bound together by some natural affinity; and hence, a class. Sort signifies that which constitutes a particular lot of parcel, not implying necessarily the idea of affinity, but of mere assemblage. the two words are now used to a great extent interchangeably, though sort (perhaps from its original meaning of lot) sometimes carries with it a slight tone of disparagement or contempt, as when we say, that sort of people, that sort of language.
 As when the total kind
 Of birds, in orderly array on wing,
 Came summoned over Eden to receive
 Their names of there.   --Milton.
 None of noble sort
 Would so offend a virgin.   --Shak.