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pell-mell

1. adverb In a frantic, confused, and disorderly manner; quickly and out of control. As the final bell of the semester rang, students ran pell-mell out the doors and into their summer of freedom.
2. adjective Frantic, disorderly, and out of control. The pell-mell traffic of India can be shocking to tourists who are used to more orderly streets.
3. noun Frantic and tumultuous disorder. The suspect managed to slip away among the horrible pell-mell that ensued.
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Plays used to be set in drawing rooms but this is a tale which involves a pell mell pursuit from London to the Scottish Highlands via train, car and on foot across lonely moors with aircraft searching overhead.
Georgia should be erring on the side of caution, not rushing its citizens pell mell to the execution chamber.
Lungs a-bellowing with pell mell dance beats and forlorn horns, the fully-charged Newman lays it on thick right to the end of the gospel exclamations of We All Get Lonely.
Firespitter Jayne, Scarified & rarified by Festivals & Funerals & Bola Pressed ntu Celebrations and Solitudes , put Mouth on Paper as Mel Edwards sculpted words ntu swords & Lynch Fragments --& Denardo's cardiacting percussive collages, like Romare Bearden's eminent mosaics, helped maintain control in the pell mell of war & hell.
Kahan (n) 14 HAW KSHAW (o) 22 MINES TRONES (p) 8 COU NTERCOU P (q) 27 TCH OTCH KE (r) 11 PELL MELL (s) 28 QUARTER MASTER (t) 7 RECHE RCHE (u) 21 MIC ROCOSMIC (v) 17 SENSITI VITI ES (w) 23 SINGS ONGS (x) 30 TRUST BUST ER (y) 9 DES UETUDES The impostors are 12,13,19,25, and 26.
The opening battle in epic Gladiator was ferociously full-on, now Dog Soldiers director Neil Marshall piles on the pell mell, gory action in this Romans versus Picts blood fest.
Everyone running pell mell into the other, fuelled by loss of control in the presence of such sudden disorder.
He and his partner Jessica Hill devour each other with suffocating minutes-long kisses while hurling themselves pell mell across the floor of Dance Theater Workshop.
Macbeth does and races pell mell into more and more murders.
Mary, on her way to Greenwich, was warned of the trap and rode pell mell for Norfolk.
The dreamy atmospheric washes of Only Ones That Know provide a welcome stylistic respite from the usual pell mell attack, but it is a one off port in a non-stop storm of excitement where lyrical and musical inquisitions like This House Is A Circus reign supreme.
From time to time a new idea breaks through the seams of this industry that has reason sewn up and like a free-radical it runs pell mell across our consciousness causing us to question ourselves.