hurly-burly


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hur·ly-bur·ly

 (hûr′lē-bûr′lē)
n. pl. hur·ly-bur·lies
Noisy confusion; tumult.

[Alteration and reduplication of hurling, gerund of hurl.]

hurly-burly

(ˈhɜːlɪˈbɜːlɪ)
n, pl hurly-burlies
confusion or commotion
adj
turbulent
[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,
adj. n.
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.
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hurly-burly

[ˈhɜːlɪˈbɜːlɪ] Nalboroto m, tumulto m
the hurly-burly of politicsla vida tumultuosa de la política

hurly-burly

[ˌhɜːrliˈbɜːrli] n [situation, activity] → tohu-bohu m inv

hurly-burly

nGetümmel nt, → Rummel m (inf); the hurly-burly of politicsder Rummel der Politik

hurly-burly

[ˌhɜːlɪˈbɜːlɪ] nchiasso, baccano
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cried the captain; and even in the hurly-burly, I perceived a change in his voice.
The mules, however, confounded by the hurly-burly and disliking their new riders kicked up their heels and dismounted half of them, in spite of their horsemanship.
She made a stream of fire flare from his shield and helmet like the star that shines most brilliantly in summer after its bath in the waters of Oceanus--even such a fire did she kindle upon his head and shoulders as she bade him speed into the thickest hurly-burly of the fight.
He made his own horses fast, away from the hurly-burly, by binding the reins to the rim of the chariot.
Then a great hurly-burly ensued; a vast movement of feet, hands, and heads; a general outbreak of coughs and handkerchiefs; each one arranged himself, assumed his post, raised himself up, and grouped himself.
And Michael, spilling over with unused vitality from the cramped space of the Eugenie's deck, scampered down the beach in a hurly-burly of joy, scenting a thousand intimate land-scents as he ran, and describing a jerky and eccentric course as he made short dashes and good-natured snaps at the coconut crabs that scuttled across his path to the safety of the water or reared up and menaced him with formidable claws and a spluttering and foaming of the shell-lids of their mouths.
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That not only underscored his versatility, but it also showed that competing over seven furlongs in hurly-burly handicaps is very much his forte.
Because in the hurly-burly of life it's all too easy to forget.
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He'll be a villain in British women's eyes, but then they've never accepted the wisdom of freeing a husband from connubial chores once the chaise-longue hurly-burly has cooled.