[hur-lee-bur-lee, -bur-]
noun, plural hurly-burlies.
noisy disorder and confusion; commotion; uproar; tumult.
full of commotion; tumultuous.

1520–30; alteration of hurling (and) burling, rhyming phrase based on hurling in its (now obsolete) sense of tumult, uproar Unabridged
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hurly-burly (ˈhɜːlɪˈbɜːlɪ)
n , pl hurly-burlies
1.  confusion or commotion
2.  turbulent
[C16: from earlier hurling and burling, rhyming phrase based on hurling in obsolete sense of uproar]

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Word Origin & History

1539, alteration of phrase hurling and burling, reduplication of 14c. hurling "commotion, tumult," verbal noun of hurl (q.v.). Hurling time was the name applied by chroniclers to the period of tumult and commotion around Wat Tyler's rebellion.
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Example sentences
Amid the hurly-burly, the only thing that's clear is the future, where hydrogen beckons.
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