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off key

Music
a. not in the correct key
b. out of tune
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This year, for the first time, there is hope for those off-key carolers, Chanukah celebrants and other singing challenged friends and loved ones on your holiday gift list.
He elects as bassoonist the common potoo, with a call that reminds him of the beginning of Mozart's clarinet quintet, albeit slightly off-key.
Combining the off-key lilt of Sam Fuller's two-fisted hyperbole with Jean-Luc Godard's cartoon nihilism, penchant for enigmas, and delight in entropy for its own sake, these pictures are saturated in the squalid and the ridiculous.
No, it's not an off-key Elvis impersonator from distant Las Vegas.
Heartbreaking for the singers, that is, but less so for us at home happily phoning in our votes and sniggering when they go off-key.
A source on the show said: "Every time he was asked to sing in the Street it had to be off-key.
Apparently she's operating without a licence, her singing is off-key and she's not even naked.
Sluggish and off-key for 80 minutes, only in the last 10 did they get their act together and finally have a decent go at the Cobblers.
United's half-time introduction of Simon Hackney for an off-key Jeff Smith almost paid immediate dividends when the substitute hit a rasping shot which flew just inches over the crossbar.
Young continued his manager's theme by admitting Bent was off-key in the crucial relegation showdown only to show nerves of steel to net his 12th goal of the season.
I remember even singing to them one of Peter, Paul and Mary's folk songs; off-key and with a dry throat.
World number two Roger Federer may have felt he was off-key but he did enough to beat in-form David Nalbandian in four sets and seal an Australian Open semi-final showdown with Juan Carlos Ferrero.