Definition of haywire adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈheɪwaɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪwaɪər//
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Word Originearly 20th cent. (originally US): from hay + wire, from the use of hay-baling wire in makeshift repairs.Idioms (informal) to stop working correctly or become out of control After that, things started to go haywire. The clock seems to have gone a bit haywire.
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