go haywire


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go haywire

To break down, especially in a spectacular way; from the use of wire to bind hay, which often got caught in machinery or on people’s clothing.
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He said that high-yield debt could offer an interesting opportunity for options traders if things go haywire again.
Giving out more details about the film, Adarsh had tweeted in December, revealing that the 'Newton' actor will play the role of a small-town goon whose plans go haywire when he has supernatural encounters.
"Her judgment has started to go haywire. You can't be a member of the cabinet who just puts your head in the sand," the newspaper cited a second unidentified minister as saying.
But everything didn't go haywire. It's just that they made two really big plays.
Atrial fibrillation happens when the electrical currents in the heart go haywire and the top chambers of the heart quiver or flutter.
When domestic dogs seemed to go haywire in 1991 and ate children, John Major rushed in the ridiculous Dangerous Dogs Act.
After arming themselves with fake guns and putting on fake disguises, their plan begins to go haywire when Masood Ahmed appears on the Square with his aunt and uncle.
Either way, this won't be a leisurely day and if anything, lines of communication will go haywire. Wet wipes for all the perspiration.
Hair can go haywire in the humidity, but it's totally possible to land sleekness in the summer.
Jack is one day taken into Edinburgh and falls for a street singer named Miss Acacia, a little doll of a girl from Andalusia who makes his heart go haywire.
Things go haywire with the entry of Karishma's eccentric sister Meeta (Parineeti).
However, things soon begin to go haywire as she reveals to Himani that she is short of time to complete her story.