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go haywire

1. To become irrational or crazy. I'll end up going haywire if I have to work in this cubicle for one more day!
2. To start malfunctioning or having problems. Well, the coffee pot has gone haywire yet again. Maybe it's time to get a new one.
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go haywire

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.
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go haywire

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]
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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.
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go haywire

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.
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With the cotton prices going haywire, over-production and low offtake of yarn, thread and garments in the past few months have put the textile sector in disarray.
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I understand that, after winning such an event, the adrenalin must be going haywire, but I found what he told the BBC - "I wanted the three in front to go down - I'm not a sportsman" - absolutely appalling.
Naturally, however, the real drawing card is the generous selection of clips from the shows, including classics like the Bavarian clock going haywire and the ``This Is Your Life'' parody, in which Caesar plays a man who most decidedly does not want his life explicated on TV, and the monumentally lachrymose relatives who surround him.
London, Nov 14 (ANI): Jennifer Aniston has denied claims that her love life is going haywire, insisting that she's "unbelievably lucky" in the department.
The evening opens with a promising-looking dinner party which is interrupted by all sorts of household gadgets going haywire.
Grasso, the exchange's chief operations and technical officer in 1987, was so stunned by the tumbling share prices that he began whacking his quote machines, hoping it was the devices going haywire instead of the entire market.