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adj. Informal
Disorderly or chaotic: "Its transportation system is in a shambolic state" (Irwin Stelzer).

[Probably from alteration of shambles.]

sham·bol′i·cal·ly adv.
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informal in a completely disorganized or chaotic manner
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Adv.1.shambolically - in a shambolic manner
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