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English

Etymology

hay + wire

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
haywire

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  1. Wire used to bind bales of hay.

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Adjective

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Positive
haywire

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  1. Roughly-made, unsophisticated, decrepit (from the use of haywire for temporary repairs). Possibly originated because of frayed wires sitting near hay in a hot barn, which caused an explosion (The barn ceased to exist, and it was referred to as having gone "haywire"), or from tendency of slap-dash repairs done with scraps of bailing wire to fail catastrophically at times of mechanical stress.
  2. Behaving erratically or uncontrollably, especially of a machine or mechanical process; usually used with the verb "go".
    • It was working fine until it went haywire and wouldn't stop printing blank sheets.
    • Those kids go haywire when they don't get what they want.

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