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Queer pitch


The idiom "queer pitch" is used to describe something that is unusual, strange, or bizarre. It can also be used to refer to a situation that is difficult to understand or navigate, or to an idea that seems unconventional or unorthodox. In general, this phrase suggests that something is not quite right or not quite what it seems.


  • The team's performance was off-kilter on the field, with their passes flying erratically and their plays falling apart at every turn.
  • The new CEO's management style was so different from the old one that it felt like they were on a completely different planet.
  • The movie had a queer pitch to it that kept me engaged and guessing what would happen next.
  • The politician's response to the question was so evasive that I had trouble understanding what he was trying to say.
  • The restaurant's decor was so avant-garde that it felt like stepping into a different world entirely.

Roots and History

The exact origin of the idiom "queer pitch" is unclear, but it has been used in English since at least the 19th century. It may have roots in the idea of something being "off-kilter," or out of alignment, which could be described as having a "queer pitch." Over time, this phrase has come to be associated with more general ideas of strangeness or unconventionality.

Synonyms in English

  • Unorthodox
  • Contrarian
  • Abnormal
  • Non-standard
  • Outlandish

Synonyms in other languages

  • Spanish: Estramboteado (disordered or confused)
  • French: Inconfortable (uncomfortable or uneasy)
  • German: Ungewöhnlich (unusual or uncommon)
  • Italian: Strano (strange or unusual)
  • Dutch: Ongemeen (rare or unusual)

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