Definition of helter-skelter in English:

helter-skelter

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Pronunciation: /ˌhɛltəˈskɛltə
 
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adjective & adverb

noun

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  • 1British A fairground amusement consisting of a tall spiral slide winding around a tower.
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    • There's a vast market, with traders clad in frock coats, a fairground with hurdy-gurdies and helter-skelters, an artificial ice rink and three outdoor stages full of choirs and bands.
    • There are waltzers, dodgems, helter-skelters and one or two old fashioned merry-go-rounds with properly painted horses.
    • In a bid to create a rival attraction to the London Eye and the Manchester Wheel, Ulverston Town Council decides to convert the monument into a helter-skelter.
  • 2 [in singular] Disorder; confusion: the helter-skelter of a school day
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    • That's the way it's supposed to be - an evolving drama with nuance, color, deliberate pacing, and bursts of action that take you away from the helter-skelter of our otherwise rush-rush worlds.
    • But why dwell on such things when the sun has returned with renewed resolve, teasing blooms from the helter-skelter of bare branches?
    • Also, you have to bear in mind that a pullout cannot just be a chaotic one, a helter-skelter.

Origin

late 16th century (as an adverb): a rhyming jingle of unknown origin, perhaps symbolic of running feet or from Middle English skelte 'hasten'.

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