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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PAST AND FUTURE: The helter-skelter, above, and an artist's impression of the new vertical pier in Redcar DISCOVERY: Bob Newell with wife Valerie and their postcard collection, below.
Oehlen typically includes these low materials in a helter-skelter web of references to past and current masters, from the Expressionists to Gerhard Richter.
Ascot's selection of family entertainment will include dodgem cars, carousel rides and inflatable helter-skelter.
The work, quite stealthily, is not as helter-skelter cheerful as it might at first seem.
In the early days, recalled Fred Jacobs, retired, Texas Foundries, "Every little gray iron foundry was hopping on the bandwagon and tossing magnesium in helter-skelter, which resulted in a bad name for ductile iron early on.
The elderly, especially (remember that our war in Southeast Asia ended more than 20 years ago) are unable to fulfill the letter of our helter-skelter immigration laws that have been cobbled together with less grace than children building a backyard hut.
In the thicket, feather and fur seek shelter, as helter-skelter curdles the sky.
In today's helter-skelter work environment, people want a strategic weapon to manage both their personal and professional lives.
What is interesting about people in their teens and twenties is what is interesting about America: our helter-skelter diversity and our consequently profound, even tragic, differences.
If Beam's aim was to throw an elbow at Saks, I think he missed; if he wished to suggest helter-skelter expansion by the mallmaker, I say the same.
Here in the Rocky Mountains, our tendency is to throw split wood helter-skelter into enormous piles.
It's a helter-skelter situation," says Harvard's Sacks.
Crosby says that technological and structural changes in the health care system have obsoleted that helter-skelter approach.
Skarda and Freeman do not use chaos in the broad sense of the word, as a tag for helter-skelter activity.
As the brain develops, neurons reach out helter-skelter forming new connections, only a small number of which take hold.