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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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DOCTOR Who fans north of the Border erupted in fury after the sound went haywire during the last five minutes of the end-of-series finale.
Her blood pressure rocketed and her heartbeat went haywire as she suffered a potentially fatal allergic reaction to the injection.
MANILA -- A southbound train of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) on Friday morning abruptly stopped as its brake system went haywire.
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But things went haywire for them when they found that Banerjee's bow box, with his whole equipment and competition gear, had not arrived by the flight.
The incessant rainfall created havoc on Friday in New Delhi and caused problems to locals as traffic went haywire due to water logging on many arterial roads in the city.
Brendan Nash and the Windies tailenders stretched that out to 74 and then it all went haywire for the Three Lions.
Perhaps Frankenstein was the first popular tale of a mad scientist creating havoc when the beings he created went haywire.
It was one of those games where I was kind of shaking my head when I walked away, kind of wondering where everything went haywire.
On a long flat stretch of nothing, things went haywire.
Another very bright friend who went to his dream school in the Midwest didn't last his freshman year because a chronic disease he had under control went haywire due to the stress of academic rigors coupled with being far from home.
The text is arranged on the page as if the computer went haywire, and it was printed without proofreading.
MONEY flowed from cash machines like water from a tap when Coventry Building Society's computer system went haywire.
EAMON HOLMES: "My house plumbing went haywire so I watched in the lounge.
Mr Angus Sutherland was waiting in a queue with his son Caleb, aged 22, for a turn on the Spin Dragon when the amusement ride at the Royal Adelaide Show went haywire.