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Off the hinges

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Off the hinges in a state of confusion
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Related to hang.

Usage

In literature:

He unhooks the doors and lifts the gates off the hinges, and one day he was shut up in the big barn, and what do you think he did?
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
The porch was empty; the door was off its hinges.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
The gate was off its hinges; nettles and other hardy weeds had taken possession of the garden.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
I remained insensible, although breathing heavily; a gate was taken off its hinges, and I was laid upon it, and carried to the Hall.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
They can take some doors off their hinges, and carry these three men right back into the forest, at once.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
The gate, off its hinges, was propped across the entrance.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
In fact, the gates hung ajar, and one of them was off its hinges.
"The Enchanted Island" by Fannie Louise Apjohn
Under his instructions they took the door off its hinges, carried it outside and laid it on the floor of the dining cabin.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
The door almost burst off its hinges when it was opened, and it required John's utmost strength to reclose it.
"The Story of the Rock" by R.M. Ballantyne
The inside door, much weaker than the outer firewall door, had been blown off its hinges.
"The Bramble Bush" by Gordon Randall Garrett
By 5.40 he was a wreck and the clock had nearly been glared off its hinges.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
We've ripped the luggage door off her hinges.
"What The Left Hand Was Doing" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The noise he had made breaking the door off its hinges brought the whole household running to the spot.
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
He complied; a six-pound ball was sent against the door, and it flew off its hinges.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
Next throwing off his coat and waistcoat, he assisted the men to take the door from its hinges.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Investigation showed the hull to be intact but two of the hatches had been torn off their hinges and were nowhere in sight.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
The wheels were off, the windows smashed, and one door hanging on its hinges.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
A last gasping shout from Holk Or, and the door crashed off its burned-through hinges.
"The World with a Thousand Moons" by Edmond Hamilton
Ask for a door, mind you; take one off the hinges, by Gad!
"Caught in a Trap" by John C. Hutcheson
The thatch had fallen in, the walls were unplastered, and the door was off its hinges.
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley
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In poetry:

Whewing by the ladslove tree
For something only seen by thee;
Pearls that on the red rose hing
Fall off shaken by thy wing.
"The Swallow" by John Clare

In news:

The owner told Action News that the burglars entered through a back alley then took the hinges off a metal door.
View full size Journal file photo The Post Office in Jersey City's Lafayette section never re-opened after it's service was suspended last December 2007 when a glass door fell off it's hinges.
On our last outing the drawers successfully knocked the door off the cabinet, ripping the door off at the hinges.
Located right off of 4th Street in Downtown Ann Arbor, this cute boutique has a number of essentials that will have you ooh-ing and ah-hing from the first step you take in the door.
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