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Friday, May 16, 2003

Definitions for hugger-mugger

  1. A disorderly jumble; muddle; confusion.
  2. Secrecy; concealment.
  3. Confused; muddled; disorderly.

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Citations for hugger-mugger
While Ventura is speaking out -- his wisdom seems to be a hugger-mugger of twisted cliches from his reading of airport trash picked up as he traveled from bout to bout -- others who do possess minds too often are failing to speak theirs, and usually they do so only as a consequence of perceived electoral pragmatism. Jamie Dettmer, Insight on the News
From here on in, it's all about security clearances, undercover surveillance, computers, microphones hidden in coat buttons and so much technical hugger-mugger you'd have to be a hacker to decipher it. Rex Reed, New York Observer
Origin of hugger-mugger
The origin of hugger-mugger is unknown; it is perhaps from Anglo-Irish cuggermugger, "a whispering, a low-voiced gossiping," from Irish cogair!, "whisper!"