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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.


informal in a completely disorganized or chaotic manner
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Adv.1.shambolically - in a shambolic manner
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THE UK has again shown itself to be as shambolically inept at coping with the elements as it is at handling Brexit.
McKenzie admits it's a far cry from the shambolically disorganised side on show under last boss Lee McCulloch, which failed to win one of their first eight Premiership games.
Prof Tobin, though no doubt an eminent scientific mind, is not in the first flush of youth and anyone who has ever attempted to FaceTime their grandparents will know how this went down: shambolically, with frequent confusion, signal break up and, eventually, a growing frustration on the part of all involved.
When a shifty series of circumstances and murders threaten the safety and future of Artemis, she shambolically embarks on rescuing it.
But if that was the attitude, the party would complain that the Tories have shambolically led us out of the European Union, with no idea what to do next, and all their leaders have knifed each other in a chaotic bout of personal ambition and revenge.
But it's unlikely that the manifesto which, as always, few people actually read, had more impact than hostile press coverage, a shambolically run election campaign, and the fact that Michael Foot's popularity rating was 24%, no doubt due to his choice of jacket.
Stuart Skelton broke the heart as the shambolically victimised Grimes, and from a largely excellent cast Alan Opie was a sorrowingly wise Captain Balstrode.
As a festive treat, long-term pal Donald MacLeod joined the band for Taking On The World and a raucous, shambolically brilliant Fairytale Of New York, dedicated to those affected by the Clutha crash, with rising star Stephanie Fraser adding her talents.
They represent the ambition of the poor of Pakistan to advance themselves through a structure of meritocracy and education that the State shambolically, hopelessly, with absolute contempt for its masses and what's more corruptly, fails to provide.
Churchill is just 24 and approaching a new century with little to his name but a shambolically unsuccessful election campaign.
It's cheaply made, shambolically written, diabolically acted, badly directed and excruciatingly awful.
Ireland's Last Stand began less shambolically than you might expect.