Out of sorts

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British pronunciation/ˌaʊtəv sˈɔːts/
American pronunciation/ˌaʊɾəv sˈɔːɹts/
out of sorts
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irritated, upset, or slightly unwell

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What is the origin of the idiom "out of sorts" and when to use it?

The origin of the phrase "out of sorts" can be traced back to the late 16th century. The term "sorts" originally referred to the classification or arrangement of things. The phrase can encompass both physical and emotional aspects, indicating that someone is not functioning at their usual level or feeling like themselves.

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Lisa's recent breakup had left her emotionally out of sorts, causing her to withdraw from social activities and spend more time alone.
Sarah woke up with a headache and feeling out of sorts, unable to shake off the fatigue and grogginess.
After a long day of work and dealing with a series of setbacks, John arrived home feeling out of sorts and just wanted some quiet time to recharge.
The gloomy weather and constant rain left everyone feeling out of sorts, longing for a glimpse of sunshine to brighten their mood.
The sudden change in routine threw the toddler out of sorts, resulting in tantrums and a general sense of unease throughout the day.
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