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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Definitions for pell-mell

  1. in a confused or jumbled mass, crowd, manner, etc.: The crowd rushed pell-mell into the store when the doors opened.
  2. in disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner.
  3. indiscriminate; disorderly; confused: a pell-mell dash after someone.

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Citations for pell-mell
But they erode already thin profit margins in developing-world factories and foster a pell-mell work environment in which getting the order out the door is the only thing that matters. James Surowiecki, "After Rana Plaza," The New Yorker, May 20, 2013
Her voice grew huskier, the words rushing out of her mouth pell-mell. Henry Miller, Quiet Days in Clichy, 1956
Origin of pell-mell
Pell-mell is a variation on the French term pesle mesle, which is derived from the French verb mesler, "to mix." It entered English in the late 1500s.