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1helter–skelter

adverb hel·ter–skel·ter \ˌhel-tər-ˈskel-tər\

: in a confused and careless way

: in no particular order

Full Definition of HELTER-SKELTER

1
:  in undue haste, confusion, or disorder <ran helter–skelter, getting in each other's way — F. V. W. Mason>
2
:  in a haphazard manner
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Origin of HELTER-SKELTER

perhaps from Middle English skelten to come, go
First Known Use: 1593

2helter–skelter

noun

: a slide that twists around a tower at an amusement park

Full Definition of HELTER-SKELTER

1
:  a disorderly confusion :  turmoil
2
British :  a spiral slide around a tower at an amusement park

First Known Use of HELTER-SKELTER

1713

3helter–skelter

adjective

Definition of HELTER-SKELTER

1
:  confusedly hurried :  precipitate
2
:  marked by a lack of order or plan :  haphazard <the helter–skelter arrangement of the papers, all mussed and frayed — Jean Stafford>

First Known Use of HELTER-SKELTER

1708
HELTER-SKELTER Defined for Kids

helter–skelter

adverb hel·ter–skel·ter \ˌhel-tər-ˈskel-tər\

Definition of HELTER-SKELTER for Kids

1
:  in a confused and reckless manner <Children raced helter-skelter through the house.>
2
:  in great disorder <Toys were thrown helter-skelter around the room.>

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