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American English: /ˈheɪˌwaɪ(ə)r/
British English: /ˈheɪwʌɪə/


  • [colloquial] (predicative) everything's haywire in the office at the moment
    en este momento hay un desbarajuste total en la oficina [colloquial]
    to go haywire (person)
    descomponerse (Latin America) [colloquial]
    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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