hurly-burly

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hur·​ly-bur·​ly | \ ˌhər-lē-ˈbər-lē How to pronounce hurly-burly (audio) \

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First Known Use of hurly-burly

1539, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hurly-burly

probably alteration & reduplication of hurling, gerund of hurl

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The first known use of hurly-burly was in 1539

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“Hurly-burly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hurly-burly. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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hurly-burly

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English Language Learners Definition of hurly-burly

: a very active or confused state or situation

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