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pell-mell

or pell·mell

[ pel-mel ]
/ ˈpɛlˈmɛl /
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adverb
in disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner.
in a confused or jumbled mass, crowd, manner, etc.: The crowd rushed pell-mell into the store when the doors opened.
adjective
indiscriminate; disorderly; confused: a pell-mell dash after someone.
overhasty or precipitate; rash:pell-mell spending.
noun
a confused or jumbled mass, crowd, etc.
disorderly, headlong haste.
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Origin of pell-mell

1570–80; <Middle French pelemele,Old French pesle mesle, rhyming compound based on mesler to mix. See meddle
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British Dictionary definitions for pell-mell

pell-mell
/ (ˈpɛlˈmɛl) /

adverb
in a confused headlong rushthe hounds ran pell-mell into the yard
in a disorderly mannerthe things were piled pell-mell in the room
adjective
disordered; tumultuousa pell-mell rush for the exit
noun
disorder; confusion

Word Origin for pell-mell

C16: from Old French pesle-mesle, jingle based on mesler to meddle
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Cultural definitions for pell-mell

pell-mell

In a confused, disorderly manner: “After the assembly, the students ran pell-mell from the auditorium.”

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