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Next to the side, I'm out of position,
For a scientist put me in a bin,
But children appear when I jump,
A bad smell means success with me in.

I may cause upset at the end,
I can be unfriendly, or even ill,
From the side is whence I shoot,
Believe me, I mean to kill.

Gore follows me with rotting entrails,
Rest in peace, I paid a high price,
Show to me a pretentious sort,
I have authority on the ice.

What am I?
Please explain each line in your answer.

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Something about this is a bit

OFF.

Next to the side, I'm out of position,
For a scientist put me in a bin,
But children appear when I jump,
A bad smell means success with me in.

In sport, if you are OFF-SIDE then you are out of position. A BOFFIN is a scientist. OFFSPRING are children. I think the bad smell would be B.O., yielding BOFFO.

I may cause upset at the end,
I can be unfriendly, or even ill,
From the side is whence I shoot,
Believe me, I mean to kill.

If you OFFEND then you cause upset. Among the various nuances of "not quite right" that "off" can express are "ill-mannered" and "unwell". An OFFSHOOT comes off from the side of a plant. To OFF someone is to kill them.

Gore follows me with rotting entrails,
Rest in peace, I paid a high price,
Show to me a pretentious sort,
I have authority on the ice.

OFFAL (think Al Gore) is entrails. If something is very expensive it might be a RIP-OFF. The pretentious person is a SHOW-OFF. If you are a person with authority -- a manager, executive, etc. -- then unlike many workers you probably have your own OFFICE.

Oh, and of course the title:

OFFHAND.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done, the second line in the second verse is two definitions (mostly British informal). The third line is actually to do with plants although I can see why you didn't see that (it's not as solid as the other lines). Everything else is correct. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Apr 21 '20 at 10:57
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I see. I was looking for something more convoluted in v2l2. And, duh, I should have understood v2l3. Will edit. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 21 '20 at 11:03
  • $\begingroup$ (Done now. Thanks!) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 21 '20 at 11:05
  • $\begingroup$ The title could also be about writing off something, making it not worthy of consideration. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 22 '20 at 5:34
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose it could! I wonder whether hexomino intended both interpretations. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 22 '20 at 11:17

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