higgledy-piggledy

[ hig-uh l-dee-pig-uh l-dee ]
/ ˈhɪg əl diˈpɪg əl di /

adverb

in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter.

adjective

confused; jumbled.

Origin of higgledy-piggledy

First recorded in 1590–1600; rhyming compound of uncertain origin
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higgledy-piggledy

/ (ˈhɪɡəldɪˈpɪɡəldɪ) informal /

adjective, adverb

in a jumble

noun

a muddle
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