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crazy quilt

noun
  1. a patchwork quilt made of irregular patches combined with little or no regard to pattern.
  2. something that is irregular in pattern or shape, and suggestive of a crazy quilt; patchwork.
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Origin of crazy quilt

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
Related formscra·zy-quilt, adjective
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Historical Examples of crazy quilt

  • Fields fled beneath them, looking like a crazy-quilt in pastel.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

  • I would if I saw you sacrificing your life for a woman with a crazy-quilt past.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • There's the crazy-quilt I've begun for the Bazaar; you might get on with that.

  • Sometimes it is called a 'crazy-quilt,' because the patches and colors are so mixed up.

  • The German crazy-quilt, of many hues and colors, and how this blanket was patched and mended through the years.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel


British Dictionary definitions for crazy quilt

crazy quilt

noun
  1. a patchwork quilt made from assorted pieces of material of irregular shape, size, and colour
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