Definition of haywire in English:

haywire

Line breaks: hay|wire
Pronunciation: /ˈheɪwʌɪə
 
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adjective

informal
Erratic; out of control: her imagination had gone haywire
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

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