helter-skelter love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In disorderly haste; confusedly; pell-mell.
  • adv. Haphazardly.
  • adj. Carelessly hurried and confused.
  • adj. Haphazard.
  • n. Turmoil; confusion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In confused, disorderly haste
  • adj. Carelessly hurried and confused
  • n. confusion or turmoil
  • n. A helical fairground slide

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In hurry and confusion; without definite purpose; irregularly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With confused haste or commotion; in a disorderly hurry; confusedly.
  • Confused; disorderly; carelessly hurried.
  • n. Confused movement or action; disorderly hurry or bustle; confusion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. haphazardly
  • adj. lacking a visible order or organization
  • adj. with undue hurry and confusion

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From helter + skelter. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Neither of those current stereotypes survived this extraordinary match, a helter-skelter ride of fine goals and head-clutching errors – and that is to take into account only the individual contributions of Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres, both of whom touched the heights of the sublime and the depths of the gor-blimey.

    Fernando Torres revived before demons return in Theatre of the Absurd | Richard Williams

  • We don't want the kind of world we'll get if we allow global climate change, resource conflicts, resource constraints, environmental degradation, overwhelming population growth, helter-skelter urbanization, war, social injustice and other looming problems to go unaddressed.

    William S. Becker: Let's Talk About the Future We Want

  • The Revolution Business looks like the original painting had an interesting composition, but then the text is plopped over it helter-skelter, creating an over-all impression of just chaos.

    Book Cover Smackdown! Berserker Lord (Chaosbound) vs. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms vs. The Revolution Business

  • The projected video feed of its crazed, helter-skelter movements delivers the sickening effect of a fairground ride.

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  • The pitch was hardly pristine and Ireland had to acclimatise quickly during frenetic opening exchanges, when the pace and helter-skelter action gave the occasion a real cup tie feel.

    Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland | Euro 2012 play-off match report

  • It was like climbing the wrong way up a helter-skelter; we got to the top and stood on the parapet waiting to jump.

    On the Chain Gang « Write Anything

  • On the helter-skelter main roads in these villages and towns we pass by tiendas offering everything from toothpaste to tomatoes or a farmacia where you can purchase drugs that don't require taking out a bank loan, although it might be useful to check their expiry dates.

    Free riding the roads of Mexico

  • Another sign of the stunning turnaround: U.S. Treasurys, which had been a helter-skelter destination for safety-seeking investors, have seen prices collapse.

    Stock Surge Has Its Skeptics

  • Given the pace of cultural change in the helter-skelter postwar boom, it would be an incongruously long reign.

    Splatter-Day Saints

  • They flew helter-skelter out of his grips, landing in all manner of attitudes, grotesquely and harmlessly, in the soft snow.

    Chapter III

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  • The whole crew were half suffocated as they were tossed helter-skelter into the white curdling cream of the squall.

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 48

    July 25, 2008

  • First time I have ever seen helter-skelter as a noun and it's a Kraut dumbwaiter?

    April 9, 2008

  • Scary, in an oddly fascinating way.

    April 9, 2008

  • "Everything is prepared from fresh. When it is ready, the meal is put in a pot and given a sticker and a colour to match the customer's seat.
    Then it is put on the rails and despatched downhill to the correct table. Manna from heaven, German-style.
    The restaurant is the brainchild of local businessman Michael Mack.
    "I wanted to come up with a complete new restaurant system," Michael tells me, "one that would be more efficient and more comfortable".
    Replacing waiters with helter-skelters and computers is fun for the customers. It also makes financial sense for the restaurant."
    - ' Fast food, German-style ', Steve Rosenberg for BBC News, 8 April 2008.

    April 9, 2008