Definition of haywire in English:



  • Erratic; out of control:

    ‘her imagination had gone haywire’
    • ‘I expect quality, although I do understand that things get haywire sometimes working with computers.’
    • ‘I maintained a good front but my internal monologue was going haywire.’
    • ‘With my senses haywire and out of control I had no way of detecting real danger.’
    • ‘Wisconsin is the state we need if something goes haywire in Ohio.’
    • ‘You've allowed crime to go haywire and there's no accountability.’
    • ‘One of our cameras and our backup phone went haywire.’
    • ‘These are the electricity and telecommunication networks gone haywire.’
    • ‘A major problem is that UK house prices are completely haywire just now.’
    • ‘Heavy rain and winds in Sydney saw the airport go haywire.’
    • ‘It's a story about the effects of a stroke; a story of words going haywire.’
    • ‘But it is most likely that people have stopped buying hip-hop because the genre's quality control has gone haywire.’
    • ‘He constantly reminds us that when we fail to sleep well, every aspect of our life goes haywire.’
    • ‘I felt my self control go haywire and my hand began to twitch uncontrollably.’
    • ‘If you lose sight of your goals and objectives, everything goes haywire.’
    • ‘For a group that was supposedly highly trained, they had gone haywire and left most of the hotel unguarded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the staff are unhappy then production falls, morale is low and things go haywire.’
    • ‘All those Eastern flavours and spices send your palate haywire, making wine pairing a little more challenging.’
    • ‘My emotions still seem to be going haywire.’
    • ‘Harassed operators patiently listen to complaints about cancelled reservations or travel plans gone haywire.’
    out of control, out of order, erratic, faulty, not functioning properly
    chaotic, confused, crazy, wild, disorganized, disordered, topsy-turvy
    on the blink, shambolic
    up the spout, wonky
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1920s (originally US): from hay + wire, from the use of hay-baling wire in makeshift repairs.