I cannot imagine the sort of mayhem and fear, as well as nausea and tears, the ER staffs across Boston must have experienced.
But Clooney—who has long used his star power to aim a spotlight on the mayhem—was the big draw.
The sounds of mayhem drew a neighbor out from his apartment, a man in his early twenties.
late 15c., from Anglo-French maihem (13c.), from Old French mahaigne "injury, wrong, a hurt, harm, damage;" related to mahaignier "to injure, wound, mutilate, cripple" (see maim). Originally, in law, the crime of maiming a person "to make him less able to defend himself or annoy his adversary" [OED].