[ hey-wahyuh r ]
/ ˈheɪˌwaɪər /


wire used to bind bales of hay.

adjective Informal.

in disorder: The town is haywire because of the bus strike.
out of control; disordered; crazy: The car went haywire. He's been haywire since he got the bad news.

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Origin of haywire

First recorded in 1900–05; hay + wire
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British Dictionary definitions for haywire

/ (ˈheɪˌwaɪə) /

adjective (postpositive) informal

(of things) not functioning properly; disorganized (esp in the phrase go haywire)
(of people) erratic or crazy

Word Origin for haywire

C20: alluding to the disorderly tangle of wire removed from bales of hay
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Idioms and Phrases with haywire


see go haywire.

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