hugger-mugger(redirected from hugger-muggery)
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1. Disorderly confusion; muddle.
2. Secrecy; concealment.
1. Disorderly; jumbled.
2. Secret; clandestine.
v. hug·ger-mug·gered, hug·ger-mug·ger·ing, hug·ger-mug·gers
To keep secret; conceal.
To act in a secretive manner.
2. rare secrecy
3. with secrecy
4. in confusion
5. (tr) to keep secret
6. (intr) to act secretly
[C16: of uncertain origin]
hug•ger-mug•ger(ˈhʌg ərˌmʌg ər)
1. disorder or confusion; muddle.
2. secrecy; reticence.adj.
3. secret or clandestine.
4. disorderly or confused.adv.
5. in a stealthy or disorderly manner; secretively or confusedly.v.t.
6. to keep secret or concealed; hush up.
[1520–30; orig. uncertain]
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|Noun||1.||hugger-mugger - a state of confusion; "he engaged in the hugger-mugger of international finance"|
confusion - disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably; "the army retreated in confusion"
|Adj.||1.||hugger-mugger - in utter disorder; "a disorderly pile of clothes"|
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"
|2.||hugger-mugger - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; "clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops"; "an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance"|
clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hush-hush, undercover, underground, secret, surreptitious, hole-and-corner
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
|Adv.||1.||hugger-mugger - in secrecy; "they did it all hugger-mugger"|