这个带有英文数字的说法 at sixes and sevens 源自一种古老而复杂的掷骰游戏，用来形容一个人的处境、状态一片混乱或环境凌乱不堪、乱七八糟。这是非正式表达，适用于描述临时、暂时的状况。
I've just moved into a new office and it's still at sixes and sevens.
The defence was at sixes and sevens and let in three goals before half-time. After the break they were a lot more organised.
We had a burst water pipe so we were all at sixes and sevens for a while, but everything is back to normal now.
短语 knock someone for six 或 be knocked for six 源自板球运动，指某人因为意料之外的行为或事而产生情绪上的波动，如感到生气、惊讶或不舒服等。
The news of our lecturer quitting really knocked us all for six. He was the best thing about the university.
I was really knocked for six when she broke up with me. I really loved her.