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pell-mell

[pel-mel] /ˈpɛlˈmɛl/
adverb
1.
in disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner.
2.
in a confused or jumbled mass, crowd, manner, etc.:
The crowd rushed pell-mell into the store when the doors opened.
adjective
3.
indiscriminate; disorderly; confused:
a pell-mell dash after someone.
4.
overhasty or precipitate; rash:
pell-mell spending.
noun
5.
a confused or jumbled mass, crowd, etc.
6.
disorderly, headlong haste.
Also, pellmell.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Middle French pelemele, Old French pesle mesle, rhyming compound based on mesler to mix. See meddle
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pell-mell

/ˈpɛlˈmɛl/
adverb
1.
in a confused headlong rush the hounds ran pell-mell into the yard
2.
in a disorderly manner the things were piled pell-mell in the room
adjective
3.
disordered; tumultuous a pell-mell rush for the exit
noun
4.
disorder; confusion
Word Origin
C16: from Old French pesle-mesle, jingle based on mesler to meddle
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Word Origin and History for pell-mell
pell-mell
"confusedly," 1579, from M.Fr. pêle-mêle, from O.Fr. pesle mesle (12c.), apparently a jingling rhyme on the second element, which is from the stem of the verb mesler "to mix, mingle."
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In a confused, disorderly manner: “After the assembly, the students ran pell-mell from the auditorium.”

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