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hurly–burly

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noun hur·ly–bur·ly \ˌhər-lē-ˈbər-lē\

Simple Definition of hurly–burly

  • : a very active or confused state or situation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hurly–burly

hurly–burly

adjective

Origin and Etymology of hurly–burly

probably alteration & reduplication of hurling, gerund of hurl


First Known Use: 1539


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