helter-skelter


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helter-skelter

1. adjective Haphazard; chaotic. The campaign has been utterly helter-skelter. They don't even have an official spokesperson, so a lot of contradictory statements have been given by the staff. With such young children, I expected a helter-skelter environment, but the classroom was so orderly.
2. adverb Haphazardly; in a chaotic fashion. You can't just throw in ingredients helter-skelter when you're baking. Everything needs to be measured and added at the right time.
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So, to return, helter-skelter and pell-mell, to tittle-tattle .
Paranoid cliffhanger handled with panache, mixing barbed gags in with the bloodshed and helter-skelter action.
That was the most disappointing helter-skelter Rob had ever been on
And the reason why is that the 26-year-old from Nuneaton also had six bogeys during a helter-skelter 18 holes that left him on 71 and seven shots adrift of the host nation's Merrick Bremner to leave him at just one under par.
Here, the helter-skelter of destructive feelings begins when Iris (Emily Blunt) dispatches her slacker best friend, Jack (Mark Duplass), to her family's cabin to privately mourn his brother.
The retired 71-year-old - who is married to Valerie, 64, and has two children Andrew, 39, and Sarah, 36 - and his friend noticed a helter-skelter slide in the picture that he believes bears an uncanny resemblance to the proposed "vertical pier".
He stays further than this six furlongs, so was suited by the helter-skelter pace over course and distance last time when second to Night Trade, who has come out to win again since.
So let's round them all up and get them in and tested and up to speed with modern helter-skelter, race track conditions.
In the past, his life has been a chaotic helter-skelter of highs and lows.
Police and soldiers were running helter-skelter, while some civilians, bloodied by Flying debris, and perhaps in shock, were calmly getting into vehicles and driving themselves away.
6, Oregon: Westhead's helter-skelter style of play could wreak havoc.
If you kick off, you get on the helter-skelter first.
A helter-skelter series ended yesterday evening at The Oval with an emphatic 197-run victory for England to give them a 2-1 series success.
Fearing aftershocks, residents said they ran helter-skelter for their lives.
Agiant helter-skelter and carousel will keep children entertained while live music and carols will be performed every lunchtime and evening from a bandstand in Victoria Square.