helter-skelter


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hel·ter-skel·ter

 (hĕl′tər-skĕl′tər)
adv.
1. In disorderly haste; confusedly; pell-mell.
2. Haphazardly.
adj.
1. Carelessly hurried and confused.
2. Haphazard.
n.
Turmoil; confusion.

[Origin unknown.]
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helter-skelter

(ˈhɛltəˈskɛltə)
adj
haphazard or carelessly hurried
adv
in a helter-skelter manner
n
1. Brit a high spiral slide, as at a fairground
2. disorder or haste
[C16: probably of imitative origin]
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hel•ter-skel•ter

(ˈhɛl tərˈskɛl tər)

adv.
1. in headlong and disorderly haste.
2. in a haphazard manner; without regard for order: clothes scattered helter-skelter.
adj.
3. carelessly hurried.
4. disorderly; haphazard.
n.
5. tumultuous disorder; confusion.
[1585–95; rhyming compound, perhaps based on *skelt, Middle English skelten to hasten]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.helter-skelter - lacking a visible order or organization
disorganised, disorganized - lacking order or methodical arrangement or function; "a disorganized enterprise"; "a thousand pages of muddy and disorganized prose"; "she was too disorganized to be an agreeable roommate"
2.helter-skelter - with undue hurry and confusion; "a helter-skelter kind of existence with never a pause"; "a pell-mell dash for the train"
hurried - moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste; "a hurried trip to the store"; "the hurried life of a city"; "a hurried job"
Adv.1.helter-skelter - haphazardly; "the books were piled up helter-skelter"
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helter-skelter

adjective
1. haphazard, confused, disordered, random, muddled, jumbled, topsy-turvy, hit-or-miss, higgledy-piggledy (informal) another crisis in his helter-skelter existence
adverb
1. wildly, rashly, anyhow, headlong, recklessly, carelessly, pell-mell a panic-stricken crowd running helter-skelter
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helter-skelter

adjective
Characterized by physical confusion:
Informal: mixed-up.
noun
An interruption of regular procedure or of public peace:
Informal: flap, to-do.
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Translations

helter-skelter

[ˈheltəˈskeltəʳ]
A. ADV (= in a rush) → atropelladamente; (= in confusion) → a la desbandada
B. N
1. (Brit) (at fair) → tobogán m
2. (= rush) → desbandada f general
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helter-skelter

[ˌhɛltərˈskɛltər]
n (British) (at amusement park)toboggan m
adj (= chaotic) [existence] → désordonné(e)
adv [run] → pêle-mêle
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helter-skelter

adjwild; accountchaotisch; the last minute helter-skelter rush for the busdie wilde Hetze in letzter Minute, um den Bus zu erwischen
adv run, rushHals über Kopf (inf)
n
(Brit, in fairground) → spiralförmige Rutschbahn
(= disorder)wildes Durcheinander; (= haste)wilde Hetze
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helter-skelter

[ˈhɛltəˈskɛltəʳ]
2. n (Brit) (in funfair) → scivolo (a spirale)
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helter-skelter

(ˈheltəˈskeltə) adverb
in great hurry and confusion.
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