willy-nilly


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willy-nilly

 
1. (informal) if something happens willy-nilly, it happens whether the people who are involved want it to happen or not Both countries are being drawn, willy-nilly, into the conflict.
2. (informal) without any order We threw our bags willy-nilly into the back of the truck.
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While I am fully in favour of prescribing it to people with conditions like diabetes if they have a problem, I am not in favour of handing out Viagra to patients willy-nilly.
Fining repeat offenders who pull their kids out of school willy-nilly is one thing but this family sound like they did what was right at the time for the emotional wellbeing of their family
The doctors will not give out sickness certificates willy-nilly.
So, here's my prescription for huge NHS savings: cure GPs' willy-nilly drug-prescribing mania.
There is nothing we can do and willy-nilly we have to wait.
If game sharing becomes a full-fledged feature in the future, we wonder whether gamers will be able to pass on games willy-nilly to anyone they want or whether they could sell their used games to their buddies at heavily discounted rates.
The carnage continues as councils approve planning applications willy-nilly in the false name of job creation and the greedy pursuit of business rates.
On being prodded by TV channels, the SSP willy-nilly revealed that any one who interferes with official business can face a year-long prison.
In this one-off documentary, Jo explores whether kisses still hold any value, or if they are given out too willy-nilly they've lost all meaning.
Nobody is against progress for the town (with pretensions of city status), it is the type of progress, so-called, with beautiful old and historic buildings being pulled down willy-nilly to make way for a collection of toytown lookalikes.
Surely it would be more logical to provide pensioners with buckets of rock salt to scatter about willy-nilly as they progress down the street.
In the end, Prabhakar was also part of the indicted lot on charges of keeping connection with bookies, but by then he had willy-nilly triggered the great purge of Indian cricket.
BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN DRIVE WILLY-NILLY OVER ANYTHING YOU WANT WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES.
I live in Reno, and we have water issues and willy-nilly, take-the-money-and-run development.
As the leadership is well aware, however, a commitment that could total $1 billion cannot be entered into willy-nilly.