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haywire

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

Simple Definition of haywire

  • : not working properly

Full Definition of haywire

  1. 1 :  being out of order or having gone wrong <the radio went haywire>

  2. 2 :  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


HAYWIRE Defined for Kids

haywire

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adjective hay·wire \ˈhā-ˌwīr\

Definition of haywire

  1. 1 :  working badly or in an odd way <The TV went haywire.>

  2. 2 :  emotionally or mentally out of control :  crazy <After losing, she went haywire.>





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