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wild-and-woolly

[wahyld-n-woo l-ee] /ˈwaɪld nˈwʊl i/
adjective
1.
unrestrained; lawless:
a wild-and-woolly frontier town.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; perhaps orig. referring to range-bred cattle
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wild and woolly

adjective phrase

Crude and raucous; untamed; uncouth: a couple of good old country boys having a wild and woolly time

[1884+; fr an alliterating phrase wild and woolly West, the woolly perhaps referring to range steers, to range horses, or to the unkempt heads of cowboys and frontiersmen]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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