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 for Ill at ease
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ill \Ill\ ([i^]l), a. [The regular comparative and superlative
     are wanting, their places being supplied by worseand worst,
     from another root.] [OE. ill, ille, Icel. illr; akin to Sw.
     illa, adv., Dan. ilde, adv.]
     1. Contrary to good, in a physical sense; contrary or opposed
        to advantage, happiness, etc.; bad; evil; unfortunate;
        disagreeable; unfavorable.
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              Neither is it ill air only that maketh an ill seat,
              but ill ways, ill markets, and ill neighbors.
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              There 's some ill planet reigns.      --Shak.
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     2. Contrary to good, in a moral sense; evil; wicked; wrong;
        iniquitious; naughtly; bad; improper.
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              Of his own body he was ill, and gave
              The clergy ill example.               --Shak.
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     3. Sick; indisposed; unwell; diseased; disordered; as, ill of
        a fever.
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              I am in health, I breathe, and see thee ill. --Shak.
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     4. Not according with rule, fitness, or propriety; incorrect;
        rude; unpolished; inelegant.
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              That 's an ill phrase.                --Shak.
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     Ill at ease, uneasy; uncomfortable; anxious. "I am very ill
        at ease." --Shak.
     Ill blood, enmity; resentment; bad blood.
     Ill breeding, lack of good breeding; rudeness.
     Ill fame, ill or bad repute; as, a house of ill fame, a
        house where lewd persons meet for illicit intercourse.
     Ill humor, a disagreeable mood; bad temper.
     Ill nature, bad disposition or temperament; sullenness;
        esp., a disposition to cause unhappiness to others.
     Ill temper, anger; moroseness; crossness.
     Ill turn.
        (a) An unkind act.
        (b) A slight attack of illness. [Colloq. U.S.] -- Ill
     will, unkindness; enmity; malevolence.
     Syn: Bad; evil; wrong; wicked; sick; unwell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ease \Ease\ ([=e]z), n. [OE. ese, eise, F. aise; akin to Pr.
     ais, aise, OIt. asio, It. agio; of uncertain origin; cf. L.
     ansa handle, occasion, opportunity. Cf. Agio, Disease.]
     1. Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation;
        entertainment. [Obs.]
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              They him besought
              Of harbor and or ease as for hire penny. --Chaucer.
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     2. Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as:
        (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation;
            as, ease of body.
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                  Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease.
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                  Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching.
        (b) Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys
            or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security;
            as, ease of mind.
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                  Among these nations shalt thou find no ease.
                                                    xxviii. 65.
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                  Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
                                                    --Luke xii.
        (c) Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty,
            embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness;
            -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of
            behavior, of address.
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                  True ease in writing comes from art, not chance.
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                  Whate'er he did was done with so much ease,
                  In him alone 't was natural to please. --Dryden.
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     At ease, free from pain, trouble, or anxiety. "His soul
        shall dwell at ease." --Ps. xxv. 12.
     Chapel of ease. See under Chapel.
     Ill at ease, not at ease, disquieted; suffering; anxious.
     To stand at ease (Mil.), to stand in a comfortable attitude
        in one's place in the ranks.
     With ease, easily; without much effort.
     Syn: Rest; quiet; repose; comfortableness; tranquillity;
          facility; easiness; readiness.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ill at ease
      adj 1: socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner;
             "awkward and reserved at parties"; "ill at ease among
             eddies of people he didn't know"; "was always uneasy with
             strangers" [syn: awkward, ill at ease(p), uneasy]

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