Online Dictionary

at sixes and sevens Explained

at sixes and sevens at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Six \Six\, n.
1. The number greater by a unit than five; the sum of three
and three; six units or objects.

2. A symbol representing six units, as 6, vi., or VI.

{To be at six and seven} or {at sixes and sevens}, to be in
disorder. --Bacon. Shak. Swift.

at sixes and sevens at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Etymology

Inter: unk » ., though it may have originated from the game of hazard and the Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » cinc||five|lang=fro and Inter: term » sis||six|lang=fro, the riskiest numbers to shoot for, which were misheard and folk-etymologized into English as "six" and "seven".

Prepositional phrase

Inter: en-PP » at sixes and sevens
  • Inter: idiomati » c In a state of confusion.
    1. 1912, Category: w - :Arthur_Quiller-Couch|Arthur Quiller-Couch, Poison Island, ch. 23:
    2. : Oh, what a racket! And everything on deck apparently at sixes and sevens. Mail-bags and passengers mixed up in every direction.
    3. Inter: idiomatic » of people or groups In a state of dispute or disagreement.
    4. 1911, Category: w - :Jack_London|Jack London, Adventure, ch. 6:
    5. : Her outlook on life was so different from what he conceived a woman's outlook should be, that he was more often than not at sixes and sevens with her.
    6. 1976, Category: w - :Tim Rice|Tim Rice, Category: w - :Don't Cry for Me Argentina|"Don't Cry For Me Argentina":
    7. : All you will see is a girl you once knew, although she's dressed up to the nines, at sixes and sevens with you.

      Synonyms

      * Inter: sense » in a state of dispute or disagreement at loggerheads

      Translations

      Inter: trans-top » in a state of confusion

  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|亂七八糟|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|乱七八糟|tr=luànqībāzāo|sc=Hani
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|i vildrede

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|sekaisin, Inter: t- » fi|sikin sokin
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|hecho un lío


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » in a state of dispute or disagreement
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|吵架|tr=chǎojià|sc=Hani
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|riidoissa, Inter: t- » fi|napit vastakkain


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t- » fr|ne pas être sur la même longueur d'ondes
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|elda grátt silfur

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    References

    * Inter: R:OneLoo » k
    • Inter: R:BB » S


    Category: Category:en:Six -
    Category: Category:en:Seven -

    Translation: et » at sixes and sevens
    Translation: pt » at sixes and sevens