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go haywire

go haywire in Culture

go haywire definition


To break down or cease to function properly: “Everything was going smoothly until the computer started to go haywire.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for go haywire

go haywire

verb phrase
  1. To become inoperative; break down unexpectedly; go blooey: This radio's gone haywire
  2. To go crazy; become confused and disoriented: Remember that I tried to talk you out of it, and don't go haywire

[1929+; fr the ramshackle condition of something that must be hastily repaired with haywire]


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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Idioms and Phrases with go haywire

go haywire

Become wildly confused, out of control, or crazy. For example, The plans for the party have gone haywire, or His enemies accused the mayor of going haywire. This term alludes to the wire used for bundling hay, which is hard to handle and readily tangled. [ First half of 1900s ]
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