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off key

Music
a. not in the correct key
b. out of tune
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More research could also address a question e-mailed by reader Nathan Meleen, who asks how speakers of tonai languages, which use changes in pitch to distinguish between otherwise identical words, might fare in identifying off-key crooning compared with speakers of nontonal languages.
Relegation-threatened Park played a man short for more than a half after No8 Ollie Cook was sent off for punching, but they pushed an off-key home side all the way and led twice before clinical finishes in the 76th and 80th minutes of normal time from replacement winger Parry dashed their hopes of an upset.
The 22-year-old Russian continued her dream run at Roland Garros by booking her place in her first ever grand slam final with a 6-3 6-2 victory over an off-key Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Accrington were off-key but came alive following the half-time interval as Gary Roberts broke free before over-running the ball and substitute Andy Mangan was foiled by an excellent stop by Sean Bowles.
The snippets of his songs that we hear during the first half of the movie are marked by lame poetry, simple chords and a squeaky, off-key voice, all of which scream amateur night.
He is known for his socialist politics, his off-key singing and his confrontation with an Israeli tank.
From the KLIATT review of the book, November 2004: "With a healthy dose of sarcasm and one-liners that fly by quickly, Book One of the Illmoor Chronicles introduces readers to the slightly off-key, aptly named city of Dullitch, where the townsfolk are assassins and thieves, and proudly so, and the Duke is an ego-driven monarch who cares more about himself than anything else.
What we are watching is not so much the games themselves, whose quality has frankly been up and down, but the few European expats, pasty-faced development bankers and diplomats with soft bellies, who are accorded a momentary celebrity status, sitting at the best tables and singing obscure, off-key patriotic songs to root their elevens on.
In Sicily, they play off-key and they're out of step," she said.
Will the painful off-key singing of the Mass by certain priests--who shall remain nameless--soon be a thing of the past?
Jesus is praised via keyboard, guitar, and off-key vocals.
Canadian fiddler Ashley MacIsaac hits new sour notes in an already off-key career