American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To upset the proper arrangement or order of.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put out of order; unsettle or disturb the order or arrangement of; derange.
- Synonyms To disorder, derange, confuse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To unsettle or disturb the order or due arrangement of; to throw out of order.
- v. disturb the arrangement of
- v. destroy the arrangement or order of
- From dis- + arrange. (Wiktionary)
“I would have had at her before she even set out, but she was all a-fuss tucking little Havvy into his cot - as though the nurse couldn't do it ten times better - and was fearful that I would disarrange her appearance.”
“In the northwest, troop desertions will plague the Ottomans, and even farther west, in the Christian kingdoms, inexplicable diseases will disarrange the lips of kings.”
“I lay down to rest with my hands at my sides, so as not to disarrange my tidy pleats.”
“Have I the right to disarrange what it has arranged?”
“When the hour strikes, this man of the faubourgs will grow in stature; this little man will arise, and his gaze will be terrible, and his breath will become a tempest, and there will issue forth from that slender chest enough wind to disarrange the folds of the Alps. It is, thanks to the suburban man of”
“I should have been side by side with you in your existence, having for my only care not to disarrange the cover of my dreadful pit.”
“I easily suppressed this untimely sensation; and as I returned thanks, and expressed my hope that I should not disarrange, his family, I once more dropped a hint of my desire to make compensation for any trouble I might occasion.”
“I wept & railed at Dennis, told him not to take my clothes away, not to disarrange my study.”
“Usually because they have their place so compulsively organized they resent anyone being there who might possibly disarrange things.”
“Put 1/2 of the rice in the pot, over the potatoes, being careful not to disarrange them.”
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