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    #1

    At sixes and seven with you...whats this???

    Hello again,

    Thanks very much for all the replys with my "was - were" question.

    How about this one, as I really havenīt any idea of what it means. Itīs also a song from Tim Rice-Webber.

    Donīt Cry For Me Argentina

    It won't be easy, you'll think it strange
    When I try to explain how I feel
    That I still need your love after all that I've done
    You won't believe me
    All you will see is a girl you once knew
    Although she's
    dressed up to the nines
    At sixes and sevens with you


    Does anyone understand what this (in red) wants to say? My wild guess is that, once she has passed away? However, I have no idea nor wild guesses as to what sixes and sevens with you could mean!

    Any ideas?
    Thanks
    Carlos


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    Re: At sixes and seven with you...whats this???

    "Dressed up to the nines" = very smartly clothed; "dressed to kill"

    "at sixes and sevens" = A state of total confusion and disorder, or of disagreement between parties

    All you will see is the girl you once knew as a ragamuffin, now dressed to kill, and that you and she are in disagreement.


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    Re: At sixes and seven with you...whats this???

    Anglika wrote:
    "at sixes and sevens" = A state of total confusion and disorder, or of disagreement between parties

    ==================

    I've never come across that saying. Thanks, Anglika.

    [I clicked the thanks but then I realized that you'd have no way to know what the hell I was thanking you for]


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    #4

    Re: At sixes and seven with you...whats this???

    Wow me neither.,must be a fairly new expression ,or a really old one :)


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    Re: At sixes and seven with you...whats this???

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "Dressed up to the nines" = very smartly clothed; "dressed to kill"

    "at sixes and sevens" = A state of total confusion and disorder, or of disagreement between parties

    All you will see is the girl you once knew as a ragamuffin, now dressed to kill, and that you and she are in disagreement.
    Thank you so much for this explanation. I had no idea what it could mean! I can now understand this song a lot better now.
    All the best
    Carlos.

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    Re: At sixes and seven with you...whats this???

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "Dressed up to the nines" = very smartly clothed; "dressed to kill"

    "at sixes and sevens" = A state of total confusion and disorder, or of disagreement between parties
    ...
    Until I heard Tim Rice's lyric, I had never met the phrase 'at sixes and sevens with'. He (Rice) had used 'dressed up to the nines', and wanted to balance it with another number-based idiom; I think he just added the 'with', hoping that people would think 'at sixes and sevens with' was an alternative to 'at cross-purposes with'. (I suppose it is an alternative now; what was it Noel Coward said about popular music? )

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