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skimble-scamble

[skim-buh l-skam-buh l; skim-uh l-skam-uh l] /ˈskɪm bəlˌskæm bəl; ˈskɪm əlˌskæm əl/
adjective
1.
rambling; confused; nonsensical:
a skimble-scamble explanation.
Also, skimble-skamble.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; gradational reduplication of dial. scamble to struggle, trample
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skimble-scamble

/ˈskɪmbəlˈskæmbəl/
adjective
1.
rambling; confused
noun
2.
meaningless discourse
Word Origin
C16: whimsical formation based on dialect scamble to struggle
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