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.
References in classic literature ?
They were panic-stricken, and it took all the brutal authority of the Arabs to keep the Manyuema from rushing helter-skelter into the jungle--anywhere to escape from this terrible village.
Until at last they got so jumbled together, in the hurry-skurry, helter-skelter, of the match, that whether the kettle chirped and the Cricket hummed, or the Cricket chirped and the kettle hummed, or they both chirped and both hummed, it would have taken a clearer head than yours or mine to have decided with anything like certainty.
On they dashed, helter-skelter, until they pulled up panting at the office where the lawyer of the Westmacotts was to be found.
It was put together in a casual, helter-skelter sort of way.
They flew helter-skelter out of his grips, landing in all manner of attitudes, grotesquely and harmlessly, in the soft snow.
It would have been a triumphant descent, if a big dog had not bounced suddenly through one of the openings, and sent the whole concern helter-skelter into the gutter.
The cost of advertising was amazing in those helter-skelter times.
The children came in helter-skelter, tumbling over one another like so many puppies.
The crowd of diners and attendants that tumbled helter-skelter down the passages divided into two groups.
Away they run, pell-mell, helter-skelter, slap-dash: tearing, yelling, screaming, knocking down the passengers as they turn the corners, rousing up the dogs, and astonishing the fowls: and streets, squares, and courts, re-echo with the sound.
Yes, to be sure--Who won the Helter-Skelter Plate, child?
The Helter-Skelter Plate at the races, child--the plate that was run for on the second day.
Can't you say who won the Helter-Skelter Plate when you're asked the question civilly?
The helter-skelter racing that tore up the streets of San Francisco is heading for city streets across the country.
Standing at the top of his seven-tiered garden, which also features a lift, cafe and helter-skelter among its 5,000 plants and trees, Diarmuid said: "I don't really care about medals - that's not why I do the Chelsea Flower Show.