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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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.
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.
Plusses are hard to find from a depressing season which seemed to go haywire from the moment inevitable victory over Nottinghamshire turned into dire defeat.
The computer didn't go haywire," said Commissioner David Frankel at a recent hearing.
Glucose levels go haywire because hormones which control appetite succumb to a craving for sweet foods as the brain demands a "reward" for screen concentration.
The irresponsible go haywire for hands-on blackouts.
But things go haywire when the only baby they rescue has four feet and the owner has plenty to hide.
Trains trigger sensors on the track which relay the information to the indicators - but they go haywire when part of the line is closed.
But their plans go haywire when a terrible mobster trio kills the manager.
But if the engineers pulled in the protruding track, the calculations that kept the train moving on the track would go haywire.