at sixes and sevens

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In a state of confusion.

Etymology:

  • Unknown, though it may have originated from the game of hazard and the Old French cinc and sis, the riskiest numbers to shoot for, which were misheard and folk-etymologized into English as "six" and "seven".
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'at sixes and sevens':

at sixes and sevensIn a state of dispute or disagreement.
at sixes and sevensbe confused or muddled up, unsure of a decision
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