-ti … ti
plural -es
often capitalized H&D
: something that once damaged can never be repaired or made operative again
the exchange crisis … that brought the Humpty-Dumpty of currency stabilization tumblingAtlantic
people fled into their suddenly Humpty-Dumpty worldRobert O'Brien

Word History


after Humpty-Dumpty, egg-shaped nursery-rhyme character who fell from a wall and broke into bits

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“Humpty-dumpty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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