What does 'at sixes and sevens' mean?

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John Freck:
What does 'at sixes and sevens' mean?
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Robert Lieblich:
[nq:1]What does 'at sixes and sevens' mean?[/nq]
http://www.quinion.com/words/qa/qa-six1.htm
First item returned by a Google search on "sixes and sevens."

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Don Phillipson:
[nq:1]What does 'at sixes and sevens' mean?[/nq]
Confused or undecided or indecisive.

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Neno:
[nq:2]What does 'at sixes and sevens' mean?[/nq]
[nq:1]Confused or undecided or indecisive.[/nq]
Actually, I always wondered about nines. (Sir Mick and the Twin: "Honey, got no money, I'm all sixes and sevens and nines!") ^^
That supposed to be the nines from "dressed to the nines"?

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Ross Howard:
[nq:2]Confused or undecided or indecisive.[/nq]
[nq:1]Actually, I always wondered about nines. (Sir Mick and the Twin: "Honey, got no money, I'm all sixes and sevens and nines!")[/nq]^^
[nq:1]That supposed to be the nines from "dressed to the nines"?[/nq]
No, it's from "the whole nine yards".
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Donna Richoux:
[nq:2]What does 'at sixes and sevens' mean?[/nq]
[nq:1]I might be mistaken- but I always thought it meant 'About the dressing up and going out on the town ... have no recollection of where I picked this up- or if It is anything like what the actual meaning is.[/nq]
It's funny what lengths the human mind will go to try to make sense out of something, isn't it?

- at sixes and sevens : being in disorder
Our AUE Website has links, through the Search field, to many web pages on colorful words and phrases. It brings me, for example, to this article by Michael Quinion:
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-six1.htm
who says it is probably from the game of hazard.

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R H Draney:
Donna Richoux filted:
[nq:1]- at sixes and sevens : being in disorder Our AUE Website has links, through the Search field, to many ... me, for example, to this article by Michael Quinion: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-six1.htm who says it is probably from the game of hazard.[/nq]
Hmmm...I would have guessed multiplication tables...the sixes and sevens are where it starts to get difficult for young cipherers, and the point where counting on one's fingers becomes pointless..r
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Mickwick:
[nq:1]Donna Richoux filted:[/nq]
[nq:2]Our AUE Website has links, through the Search field, to ... who says it is probably from the game of hazard.[/nq]
[nq:1]Hmmm...I would have guessed multiplication tables...the sixes and sevens are where it starts to get difficult for young cipherers, and the point where counting on one's fingers becomes pointless..r[/nq]
I always thought it was to do with the livery companies of the City of London. The Skinners and another company were always squabbling about who was sixth in precedence and who seventh (I think precedence was determined by the age of the companies) and this led to ructions and considerable confusion. Eventually, they agreed to swap rankings once a year.
(My private secondary school was founded by the Worshipful Company of Skinners in 15something. Once a year, doddery old men with centuries-old rat furs around their necks would roll up in Bentleys and give speeches in Latin. They were only attacked once during my time there - by a masked sixth-former on horseback - but it would be fair to say that they were seldom treated with the respect that was, no doubt, their due.)

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