Definition of in (or out of) tune in English:

in (or out of) tune


  • 1With correct (or incorrect) pitch or intonation.

    ‘they couldn't sing a note in tune’
    • ‘Its musicians are in tune with Morricone's music.’
    • ‘Worshippers are encouraged to be careful about diction, stay in tune, sing exact note values, and avoid forcing the sound.’
    • ‘Central is a grand piano which was apparently always out of tune in Tchaikovsky's day.’
    • ‘Both groups sang very much in tune, but unlike, say, certain more modern groups, intonation never excited you by itself.’
    • ‘Each forthcoming note must be heard as a complete entity, in tune, with all musical parameters in place.’
    • ‘How can you tell when a violist is playing out of tune?’
    • ‘Her voice melodic and in tune, she sang it softly.’
    • ‘The out of tune orchestra Elgar leads is so painfully unaware of their playing that this is an extremely unpleasant recording.’
    • ‘These discs have a refreshingly homemade quality that is in tune with the music that they contain; they are professional but hardly slick.’
    • ‘Petts Wood Methodist Men's Group is getting in tune for a sing song.’
    1. 1.1(of a motor engine or other machine) properly (or poorly) adjusted.
      • ‘Exploiting the carburetor's consistency achieves little if the engine is out of tune.’
      • ‘Did you know that by keeping your car's engine in tune you would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5-15%?’
      • ‘Keeping your engine in tune is also a gas-saver.’
      • ‘When your car's engine is badly worn or out of tune, the tailpipe emissions of such noxious by-products as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter are greatly increased.’
      • ‘The downsides were a serious thirst for fuel when one put the foot down and the twin choke Dellorto carburettors being difficult to keep in tune.’
    2. 1.2In (or not in) agreement or harmony.
      ‘he was out of tune with conventional belief’
      • ‘The urban radio stations talking about ‘peace in the streets ‘are out of tune with reality.’’
      • ‘Martin Dunne: ‘Central policy makers are totally out of tune with the views of the people around the country.’’
      • ‘It just seemed to us that the politicians - all of them, in all the different parties - are out of tune with how ordinary people feel about this.’
      • ‘We have laws in place which are clearly out of tune with the views of the majority of the population.’
      • ‘But isn't it a little out of tune with the campaign Dean's been running?’
      • ‘An attitude of arrogance and the kind of insufferable self-confidence of that Cardinal is very much out of tune with the Church and its mission.’
      • ‘Soccer's most famous musicians, who bang the drums at Sheffield Wednesday games, stand accused of being out of tune with their own supporters.’
      • ‘You know, John says that he is out of tune with the American people.’
      • ‘The mass signing is intended to show the Executive that it is out of tune with ‘ordinary Scots’ right across the country.’
      • ‘‘It is clearly discriminatory and clearly out of tune with the times,’ he said.’
      in accord, in keeping, in accordance, in agreement, in harmony, harmonious, in step, in line, in sympathy
      in disagreement, at odds, at variance, out of step, not in harmony, at outs, out of kilter