wild-and-woolly

[wahyld-n-woo l-ee]

adjective

unrestrained; lawless: a wild-and-woolly frontier town.

Nearby words

  1. wild water,
  2. wild weasel,
  3. wild west,
  4. wild west show,
  5. wild yam,
  6. wild-card,
  7. wild-eyed,
  8. wild-goose chase,
  9. wild-headed,
  10. wildcat

Origin of wild-and-woolly

First recorded in 1885–90; perhaps orig. referring to range-bred cattle

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