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Pronunciation: /ˈheɪwaɪr; ˈheɪwaɪə(r)/

Translation of haywire in Spanish:


  • [colloquial/familiar] (predicative/predicativo) everything's haywire in the office at the moment en este momento hay un desbarajuste total en la oficina [colloquial/familiar] to go haywire [person] perder* la chaveta [colloquial/familiar], volverse* loco [machine] estropearse, descomponerse* (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar] [plans] desbaratarse
    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.

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