Definition of hurly-burly in English:

hurly-burly

noun

  • Busy, boisterous activity.

    ‘the hurly-burly of school life’
    • ‘One inch shorter and at least a stone lighter, he is a relatively small by modern standards and still looks lost occasionally in the hurly-burly of international rugby.’
    • ‘However, I must confess that with age has come a certain distaste for the noise, the crowds and the whole hurly-burly of mass protest.’
    • ‘Somehow, in all the hurly-burly, I missed this one.’
    • ‘Anyway, Gus was so exquisite he used not to take part in the rough hurly-burly of football matches, but would remain aloof in perfectly clean kit.’
    • ‘Love fades and dwindles in the hurly-burly of life.’
    • ‘Busy, busy, busy and I go back to the hurly-burly of the office.’
    • ‘Amid the hurly-burly of a presidential race, it is sometimes difficult to view the candidates as three-dimensional human beings rather than cardboard cutouts on campaign posters.’
    • ‘One of the things that serves as a brief respite from the hurly-burly is the attempts some people will go to to advertise their product.’
    • ‘Back in the hurly-burly of the main part of old Georgetown, I discovered surprises round every corner.’
    • ‘It's peaceful and pristine up here away from the hurly-burly of the recreation area.’
    • ‘Amid the hurly-burly of network TV, it's almost unheard of for programmers to plan beyond their next season, let alone five years hence.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We need co-ordinators who are used to the hurly-burly of school life.’’
    • ‘Whether in the hurly-burly of real-world politics more information means better decisions is an open question.’
    • ‘Despite the hurly-burly involved in running a home, most parents have discussed who should take their children should they have a fatal accident.’
    • ‘Despite all the pomp and circumstance, political hurly-burly raised its head at yesterday's festivities.’
    • ‘In the hurly-burly of the festival you meet all sorts of people, old friends and new.’
    • ‘The majority of visitors come to the National Park to experience the special qualities of the area and to get away from the hurly-burly of every day life.’
    • ‘After the hurly-burly of London life, rural coupledom felt unbelievably peaceful.’
    • ‘In the hurly-burly of today's executive life, it is not surprising that few people can take time off ‘to stand and stare’.’
    • ‘But even in the hurly-burly of a game he can spot things that other players can't.’
    bustle, hustle, commotion, hubbub, confusion, chaos, disorder, fuss, turmoil, uproar, tumult, turbulence, pandemonium, mayhem, bedlam, furore, brouhaha
    upheaval, unrest, disruption, trouble, agitation
    hoo-ha, hullabaloo, ballyhoo, rumpus
    kerfuffle
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Origin

Middle English: reduplication based on hurl.

Pronunciation:

hurly-burly

/ˌhərlēˈbərlē/