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crazy quilt

a patchwork quilt made of irregular patches combined with little or no regard to pattern.
something that is irregular in pattern or shape, and suggestive of a crazy quilt; patchwork.
Origin of crazy quilt
1885-90, Americanism
Related forms
crazy-quilt, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I told her "if she wanted a Government quilt, and wanted it appropriate, she ort to have it a crazy-quilt."

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • I would if I saw you sacrificing your life for a woman with a crazy-quilt past.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • Sometimes it is called a 'crazy-quilt,' because the patches and colors are so mixed up.

    The Patchwork Girl of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • There's the crazy-quilt I've begun for the Bazaar; you might get on with that.

  • It was small, the acoustics bad and the mixtures of colors was as a crazy-quilt to me.

    Sixty Years of California Song Margaret Blake-Alverson
  • All it needed was a coat of paint or two, and it would look less like a crazy-quilt solidified into a homestead.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • Fields fled beneath them, looking like a crazy-quilt in pastel.

    Breaking Point James E. Gunn
  • The German crazy-quilt, of many hues and colors, and how this blanket was patched and mended through the years.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • Our attention was attracted to three or four windows that looked much like the crazy-quilt work that used to be in fashion.

British Dictionary definitions for crazy-quilt

crazy quilt

a patchwork quilt made from assorted pieces of material of irregular shape, size, and colour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for crazy-quilt

crazy quilt

noun phrase

Something confused and patternless; a hodgepodge •Originally a bed quilt made of odd bits and pieces of cloth: The Crazy Quilt of American Politics/ More bizarre turns in the last decade, relations among Iran, Iraq, and the US form a crazy quilt (1880s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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