Definition of haywire in English:

haywire

adjective

informal
  • Erratic; out of control.

    ‘her imagination had gone haywire’
    • ‘If you lose sight of your goals and objectives, everything goes haywire.’
    • ‘All those Eastern flavours and spices send your palate haywire, making wine pairing a little more challenging.’
    • ‘It's a story about the effects of a stroke; a story of words going haywire.’
    • ‘Harassed operators patiently listen to complaints about cancelled reservations or travel plans gone haywire.’
    • ‘My emotions still seem to be going haywire.’
    • ‘One of our cameras and our backup phone went haywire.’
    • ‘He constantly reminds us that when we fail to sleep well, every aspect of our life goes haywire.’
    • ‘There is too much hurry and worry in the lives of parents, and they don't have the energy left to cope when things go a little haywire.’
    • ‘Heavy rain and winds in Sydney saw the airport go haywire.’
    • ‘I felt my self control go haywire and my hand began to twitch uncontrollably.’
    • ‘Wisconsin is the state we need if something goes haywire in Ohio.’
    • ‘I maintained a good front but my internal monologue was going haywire.’
    • ‘You've allowed crime to go haywire and there's no accountability.’
    • ‘I expect quality, although I do understand that things get haywire sometimes working with computers.’
    • ‘A major problem is that UK house prices are completely haywire just now.’
    • ‘If the staff are unhappy then production falls, morale is low and things go haywire.’
    • ‘With my senses haywire and out of control I had no way of detecting real danger.’
    • ‘But it is most likely that people have stopped buying hip-hop because the genre's quality control has gone haywire.’
    • ‘These are the electricity and telecommunication networks gone haywire.’
    • ‘For a group that was supposedly highly trained, they had gone haywire and left most of the hotel unguarded.’
    out of control, out of order, erratic, faulty, not functioning properly
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Origin

1920s (originally US): from hay + wire, from the use of hay-baling wire in makeshift repairs.

Pronunciation

haywire

/ˈheɪwʌɪə/