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hugger-mugger

[huhg-er-muhg-er] /ˈhʌg ərˌmʌg ər/
noun
1.
disorder or confusion; muddle.
2.
secrecy; reticence:
Why is there such hugger-mugger about the scheme?
adjective
3.
secret or clandestine.
4.
disorderly or confused.
verb (used with object)
5.
to keep secret or concealed; hush up.
verb (used without object)
6.
to act secretly.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier hucker-mucker, rhyming compound based on mucker, Middle English mokeren to hoard
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British Dictionary definitions for hugger mugger

hugger-mugger

/ˈhʌɡəˌmʌɡə/
noun
1.
confusion
2.
(rare) secrecy
adjective, adverb (archaic)
3.
with secrecy
4.
in confusion
verb (obsolete)
5.
(transitive) to keep secret
6.
(intransitive) to act secretly
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
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