- hays, will h.,
- haywood, william dudley,
Origin of haywire
Examples from the Web for haywire
The debate about entitlements has been haywire in Washington for years.
His latest film, Haywire, features a world-famous martial-arts fighter (29-year-old Gina Carano) as a spy on the run.Flick Picks: Does ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ Exploit 9/11?|Ramin Setoodeh, Peter Travers|January 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
However, they might just as well have tried to pick off a haywire comet rushing down at them.Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal|Robert Sydney Bowen
"Right on course, unless those instruments are haywire, which of course they're not," he murmured.Dave Dawson at Casablanca|Robert Sydney Bowen
Horses with patched civilian harness gave the transport the appearance of a "haywire outfit."The Story of the "9th King's" in France|Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
It seems their equipment has been haywire for two days, they haven't been able to get through.Moon Glow|G. L. Vandenburg
"Our haywire battery connections are gone," shouted McCready.The Solar Magnet|Sterner St. Paul Meek
adjective (postpositive) informal
Word Origin for haywire
"soft wire for binding bales of hay," by 1891, from hay + wire (n.). Adjective meaning "poorly equipped, makeshift" is 1905, American English, from the sense of something only held together with haywire, particularly said to be from use of the stuff in New England lumber camps for jury-rigging and makeshift purposes, so that hay wire outfit became the "contemptuous term for loggers with poor logging equipment" [Bryant, "Logging," 1913]. Its springy, uncontrollable quality led to the sense in go haywire (by 1915).
see go haywire.