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hay·wire

 (hā′wīr′)
n.
Wire used in baling hay.
adj. Informal
1. Not functioning or happening in a proper or orderly fashion: machinery that went haywire; an experiment that went haywire.
2. Mentally confused or erratic; crazy: The traveler went haywire over the endless delays.

[From the use of baling wire for makeshift repairs .]
Word History: Why should wire used in baling hay be a metaphor for something that is not functioning properly or for a person who is crazy? It would seem a story of semantics gone haywire. From the written record, it appears the use originated among North American loggers around 1900, who often used haywire to make repairs. These repairs were often considered shoddy or unreliable, and haywire developed the general sense "makeshift, inefficient," from which come the extended senses "not functioning properly" and "crazy."

haywire

(ˈheɪˌwaɪə)
adj (postpositive)
1. (of things) not functioning properly; disorganized (esp in the phrase go haywire)
2. (of people) erratic or crazy
[C20: alluding to the disorderly tangle of wire removed from bales of hay]

hay•wire

(ˈheɪˌwaɪər)

n.
1. wire used to bind bales of hay.
adj.
2. in disorder.
3. out of control; disordered; crazy.
[1900–05]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.haywire - wire for tying up bales of hay
wire - ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc
Adj.1.haywire - informal or slang terms for mentally irregularhaywire - informal or slang terms for mentally irregular; "it used to drive my husband balmy"
insane - afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement; "was declared insane"; "insane laughter"
2.haywire - not functioning properlyhaywire - not functioning properly; "something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine"
malfunctioning, nonfunctional - not performing or able to perform its regular function; "a malfunctioning valve"

haywire

adjective
1. chaotic, confused, disordered, tangled, mixed up, shambolic (informal), topsy-turvy, disorganized, disarranged Many Americans think their legal system is haywire.
2. out of order, out of commission, on the blink (slang), on the fritz (slang) Her pacemaker went haywire near hand dryers.
3. (of people) crazy, wild, mad, potty (Brit. informal), berserk, bonkers (slang, chiefly Brit.), loopy (informal), mad as a hatter I went haywire in our first few weeks on holiday.
Translations
سِلْك مَعْدَني
pomatenýrozbitý
skudder-mudder
bilaîur; klikkaîur
pomätený
kontroldan çıkmışsapıtmış

haywire

[ˈheɪwaɪəʳ] ADJ to go haywire [person] → volverse loco, perder la chaveta; [machine] → averiarse, malograrse (LAm); [scheme etc] → irse a pique
the switchboard went haywirese colapsó la centralita

haywire

[ˈheɪwaɪər] adj
to go haywire [system, procedure] → être détraqué(e), être chamboulé(e)
Work schedules have gone haywire → Le planning de travail a été chamboulé.
Things went haywire → Tout s'est détraqué.

haywire

adj pred (inf) to be (all) haywire(vollständig) durcheinander or ein Wirrwarr (inf)sein; the local economy is all haywire againdie örtliche Wirtschaft ist wieder im Chaos versunken (inf); to go haywire (= go crazy)durchdrehen (inf); (plans, arrangements) → durcheinandergeraten, über den Haufen geworfen werden (inf); (machinery) → verrücktspielen (inf)

haywire

[ˈheɪˌwaɪəʳ] adj (fam) to go haywire (person) → dare i numeri, perdere la testa; (machine) → impazzire; (scheme, system) → andare a catafascio

hay

(hei) noun
grass, cut and dried, used as food for cattle etc.
ˌhay-ˈfever noun
an illness like a bad cold, caused by the pollen of flowers etc.
ˈhayrick (-rik) , ˈhay-stack nouns
hay built up into a large pile.
ˈhaywire adjective
in a state of disorder; crazy. Our computer has gone haywire.
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