Still, everything drifts on to these hugger-mugger large enterprises; Chicago spreads over the world.
Muddle flies before it, and hugger-mugger becomes a thing unknown.
All that set you were brought up in—why, one only had to look at them to see what a hugger-mugger way they probably lived.
The trouble was his “hugger-mugger” management, as Carlyle expressed it.
Mr Bethany tossed the hugger-mugger of pamphlets across the table.
They may hugger-mugger it this way and that; but this Mr. Ralph can't be like t'other young gentleman.
Let alone his meals being all hugger-mugger and comfortless.
They can't do it,—by Act of Parliament,—except in a hugger-mugger left-handed way, that wouldn't suit you at all.
also huggermugger, "secretly," 1520s, one of a number of similar-sounding reduplicated words in use around this time and meaning much the same thing, including hucker-mucker, which may be the original of the bunch if the root is, as some think, Middle English mukre "to hoard up, conceal." Also cf. Middle English hukmuck, late 15c., name of some sort of device for cleansing.