hurly-burly(redirected from hurly-burlies)
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n. pl. hur·ly-bur·lies
Noisy confusion; tumult.
[Alteration and reduplication of hurling, gerund of hurl.]
n, pl hurly-burlies
confusion or commotion
[C16: from earlier hurling and burling, rhyming phrase based on hurling in obsolete sense of uproar]
hurl•y-burl•y(ˈhɜr liˈbɜr li, -ˌbɜr-)
n., pl. -burl•ies,
1. noisy disorder and confusion; commotion; tumult.adj.
2. full of commotion; tumultuous.
[1520–30; alter. of hurling (and) burling, rhyming phrase based on hurling in now obsolete sense “tumult, uproar”]
hurly-burly- Turmoil or an uproar.
See also related terms for uproar.