Willy nilly


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Translations
chtě nechtěnahodilevolky nevolky
akár tetszik, akár nemha tetszik, ha nem
References in classic literature ?
The young man stood on the defensive until the old count's ire was completely kindled; he carried his point, and made the greenhorn tipsy, willy nilly.
And after all, articulate men, in the act of thinking, willy nilly use images that correspond to words and that amplify words.
I simply fell asleep, willy nilly, as I sat looking out to sea.
He sought Cassandra, the fairest of Priam's daughters, in marriage, but offered no gifts of wooing, for he promised a great thing, to wit, that he would drive the sons of the Achaeans willy nilly from Troy; old King Priam had given his consent and promised her to him, whereon he fought on the strength of the promises thus made to him.
I don't think he wants to just give out caps willy nilly - just on the strength of seeing what some people can do.
The word "legend" is bandied about willy nilly these days, but in Ray's case it is fully justified.
This either means we are a very sick nation or our GPs are so booked up and fed up they scribble prescriptions willy nilly in an effort to empty the waiting room.
Walk-in centres are popular and it would be irresponsible to change them willy nilly.
Willy Nilly, named after the nosy postman from Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, is the only Welsh beer in the final of the Great British Beer Hunt Drinks Festival run by Sainsbury's - the winning beer will be stocked by the supermarket for six months.
It's very easy to brandish yellow and red cards willy nilly in a Merseyside derby, and it takes an experienced official with restraint to make it an enjoyable game.
It's difficult to feel sorry for someone who goes through money like water, buying cars willy nilly, who pleads bankruptcy yet can still afford to jet off to Tenerife, still employs a nanny, and continues to support useless freeloader Mark Croft.
Percentages and numbers are thrown around willy nilly and manipulated by both sides.