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1. Lacking or without thought, order, or reason; haphazard(ly). You can't just choose a college willy-nilly—you have to do some research. It appears he listed the items willy-nilly, with no regard to how they were loaded.
2. Regardless of whether or not it is desired. I'm afraid you're going to be assigned to a classroom willy-nilly.

do something ˌwilly-ˈnilly

1 do something whether you want to or not: She was forced willy-nilly to accept the company’s proposals.
2 do something in a careless way without planning: Don’t just use your credit card willy-nilly.
This expression is a shortened form of ‘willing or not willing’.
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willy-nilly, to do something

Willingly or not; anyhow, any old way. This very old term was once will-he, nill-he, nill being the negative of will (i.e., will not or won’t). It was in print by the late thirteenth century and was picked up by numerous writers, including Shakespeare (in Hamlet). Today it is sometimes used in the original sense—that is, this will happen, whether or not one wants it to—and also (erroneously according to the OED but not American dictionaries), in the meaning of sloppily or in disorganized fashion.
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In the effort of continuously providing the highest quality and delicious rice that you and our customers love and patronize, we wish to inform you of our impending price increase for Dona Maria and Willy Farms Premium Quality rice,' SLAC Marketing Director Tiffany Lim-Ngo said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the BusinessMirror.
After forcibly taking off the victim's shorts, Dote rejoined Willy in the cab.
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In his time Willy mastered the Dartmoor, Taunton Vale and Sinnington hunts as well as the West Percy, which he commanded from Breamish Parks, the smallholding in which he and his wife Sue lived with panoramic views of the Cheviots.
Prior to becoming an art teacher, Willy was a metalsmith at a foundry.
The late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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We need to give a lot of credit to Willy because we are a team, we are a group.
Sir Antony Sher and Dame Harriet Walter as Willy and Linda Loman look tiny against this big city backdrop.
TYRERS boutique department store, in St Helens, is holding a Willy Wonka-themed family fun day on Easter Saturday.
The picture book is designed with a text page, verso, where Willy always begins each new tale but never concludes it, asking instead for the reader's help or opinion.
The bus started to leave and Gazza told me to go over to Mr Willy (manager Willy McFaul) and tell him: 'Mr Willy I am f*** starving.
Brimming with confidence, nine energetic techies from different Omani schools in and around Muscat easily manned the machines like Problem Solver Willy Robot, Notebook Corrector, Falaj Manager, and Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) robots.