Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

out of sorts

out of sorts
1) to be in bad or irritable mood or to feel ill
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    • I'm feeling a bit out of sorts
  • Analysis
    If you are 'out of sorts' it means you are not in your usual mood, emotionally or physically. Being 'out of sorts' has a negative connotation meaning you are irritable, moody or feeling ill. This is a phrase that can be used as a polite way of saying you are not feeling good or - in an informal context - explaining that you're not having a good day. Related to the phrase 'not feeling myself today'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Marie looks like she's feeling a bit out of sorts today. Her hair is a mess and her clothes are creased.
    2. I'm feeling a bit out of sorts. I think I'll visit the doctor later on.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. It is obvious that many of you will feel out of sorts today after the news last night. If any of you require a counsellor, please talk to the HR Department.
    2. There is a terrible virus doing the rounds in the office. Everybody is feeling a bit out of sorts.
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