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

 

haywire

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈheɪwaɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪwaɪər//
 
 
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Word Origin early 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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