adverb or adjective hay·wire \-ˌwī(-ə)r\

: not working properly

Full Definition of HAYWIRE

:  being out of order or having gone wrong <the radio went haywire>
:  emotionally or mentally upset or out of control :  crazy <is going haywire with grief>

Origin of HAYWIRE

from the use of baling wire for makeshift repairs
First Known Use: 1929


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