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1. To start malfunctioning or having problems. Well, the coffee pot has gone haywire yet again. Maybe it's time to get a new one.
2. To become irrational or crazy. I'll end up going haywire if I have to work in this cubicle for one more day!
1. Malfunctioning or in a state of extreme disorder. Our coffee pot went haywire before I could make a cup this morning—it started spurting everywhere. The campaign has gone haywire now that the manager has resigned.
2. Irrational or crazy. Ever since the tragedy, it's like her mind has just gone haywire. I'll end up going haywire if I have to work in this cubicle for one more day!
Rur. to go wrong; to malfunction; to break down. I was talking to Mary when suddenly the telephone went haywire. I haven't heard from her since. There we were, driving along, when the engine went haywire. It was two hours before the tow truck came.
Become wildly confused, out of control, or crazy. For example, The plans for the party have gone haywire, or His enemies accused the mayor of going haywire. This term alludes to the wire used for bundling hay, which is hard to handle and readily tangled. [First half of 1900s]
go ˈhaywire(informal) go out of control; start functioning or behaving in a very strange way: My printer’s gone haywire. It keeps stopping and starting.
1. in. [for a person] to go berserk. Sorry, I guess I just went haywire for a minute.
2. in. [for something] to go out of order; to break down. I’m afraid my car’s gone haywire. It won’t start.
1. mod. out of order. (Folksy.) This telephone has gone haywire.
2. mod. disoriented. (Often from marijuana.) Willy is sort of haywire from the grass.