crazy quilt


Definition of crazy quilt

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1 : a patchwork quilt without a design
2 : jumble, hodgepodge a crazy quilt of regulations


cra·​zy-quilt | \ ˈkrā-zē-ˈkwilt How to pronounce crazy-quilt (audio) \

Definition of crazy-quilt (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling a crazy quilt : haphazard a crazy-quilt system

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Examples of crazy quilt in a Sentence

Noun a crazy quilt of streets an environmental issue that brought together a crazy quilt of people from all points on the political spectrum
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Riot Fest is a weird, diverse, crazy quilt of humanity, from old punks breaking out their best mohawks and ancient tour t-shirts, to people there to explore. Adam Lukach,, "The things we loved about Riot Fest’s 15th anniversary, and some we really didn’t," 16 Sep. 2019 But what took the longest was sorting out what amounted to a crazy quilt of parcels under the two, roughly 9,000-square-foot brownstones. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "After five years, Hartford’s Coltsville National Historical Park stalled as feds decide whether to accept buildings for visitor center, exhibit space," 19 Aug. 2019 The Carlsbad Music Festival is like a sonic crazy quilt, accompanied by an artisan market, food court and beer garden. San Diego Union-Tribune, "12 things to do this weekend: Impossible Science Festival, SummerFest, ‘Forging Territories’," 2 Aug. 2019 Oklahoma, which became a state in 1907, had been a crazy quilt of political impulses, from the prairie populism of the 1890s to the election of socialists in the 1910s. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "How Elizabeth Warren Learned to Fight," 24 June 2019 Prober’s creations can take the form of moto jackets fashioned from 19th-century crazy quilts or feed bags, or wonderfully Miss Havisham–meets-punk dresses, often made of patchworked pieces of lace, a material she’s particularly drawn to. Vogue, "Looking for Alternative—And Sustainable—Bridalwear? Mimi Prober’s Got You Covered," 11 Apr. 2019 This results in a crazy quilt of punitive approaches to pregnant women with drug problems, which vary arbitrarily by region, county and local politics. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 The band is an international crazy quilt of musicians who met online and wove together beats, samples, and chirpy harmonies from laptops in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and their new home, East London. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Top Picks: Superorganism's album, the documentary 'Jane,' and more," 23 Mar. 2018 The cuts resulted in a crazy quilt of premiums for 2018 that differs radically from the pattern of the last four years, which will upend expectations of consumers in many states. Abby Goodnough And Robert Pear, New York Times, "As Open Enrollment for Obamacare Begins, Confusion Reigns," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of crazy quilt


1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crazy quilt was in 1886

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26 Sep 2019

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“Crazy quilt.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of crazy quilt

: a covering for a bed that is made of many pieces of cloth in different sizes without a regular design
: a confused mix of things

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