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willy–nilly

adverb or adjective wil·ly–nil·ly \ˌwi-lē-ˈni-lē\

: in a careless and unplanned way

: in a way that does not allow any choices or planning

Full Definition of WILLY-NILLY

1
:  by compulsion :  without choice
2
:  in a haphazard or spontaneous manner

Origin of WILLY-NILLY

alteration of will I nill I or will ye nill ye or will he nill he
First Known Use: 1608

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