Definition of haywire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈheɪwʌɪə/


Erratic; out of control: her imagination had gone haywire
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  • But it is most likely that people have stopped buying hip-hop because the genre's quality control has gone haywire.
  • With my senses haywire and out of control I had no way of detecting real danger.
  • I felt my self control go haywire and my hand began to twitch uncontrollably.
out of control, out of order, erratic, faulty, not functioning properly;
chaotic, confused, crazy, wild, disorganized, disordered, topsy-turvy
informal on the blink, shambolic
British informal up the spout, wonky


1920s (originally US): from hay1 + wire, from the use of hay-baling wire in makeshift repairs.

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