noun, often capitalized H&D
hump·​ty-dump·​ty | \ ¦həm(p)tē¦dəm(p)tē, -ti...ti \
plural -es

Definition of humpty-dumpty

: 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 world— Robert O'Brien

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History and Etymology for humpty-dumpty

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 19 Apr. 2021.

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