higgledy-piggledy

higgledy-piggledy

[hig-uhl-dee-pig-uhl-dee]
adverb
1.
in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter.
adjective
2.
confused; jumbled.

Origin:
1590–1600; rhyming compound of uncertain origin

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higgledy-piggledy (ˈhɪɡəldɪˈpɪɡəldɪ)
 
adj, —adv
1.  in a jumble
 
n
2.  a muddle

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higgledy-piggledy
1598, probably formed from pig and the animal's suggestions of mess and disorder.
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