Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Tumult; bustle; confusion; hurly-burly.
  • noun Same as hurly-burly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Noise; confusion; uproar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete noise; confusion; uproar

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Compare French hurler to howl and hurlyburly.

Examples

  • That spotlight is good news for President Obama, allowing him to ease back into the hurly burly and, potentially, ride the wave of the "Comeback Kid" story for a few weeks longer.

    The Obama bump: A moment in time or real movement?

  • Before we fall inevitably for the deep, deep peace of mounds of fluffy winter veg, let's have one final hurrah for the hurly-burly of the autumnal veg patch.

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's aubergine recipes

  • More important, perhaps, he has deprived himself of a peace and freedom that he might have expected after the hurly-burly of raising one family.

    Elizabeth Buchan - An interview with author

  • When Clamm tumbled out of the trap door and into the midst of the hurly-burly in the kitchen yard, the chickens assumed that reinforcements had arrived for the other side.

    Clamm Moves « Unknowing

  • She typically keeps away from the hurly burly of business and spends three days a week in Hisar constituency which she represents in the Haryana Legislative Assembly and where her late husband had begun his career five decades ago by setting up a bucket manufacturing unit.

    India's Richest Woman Focuses On Public Life

  • I didn't get the opportunity, though I actually think my game was more suited to the European game rather than the hurly-burly of the Premier League because I was small for a centre-back.

    Gareth Southgate

  • In 2006, Chen Guan-yu, the vocal of Hao-Ke left the hurly-burly city and stepped into an organic rice farmland in Chishang in Taitung county to start his farming plan ….

    Global Voices in English » Taiwan: LiveCast and music for saving rural livelihood

  • The ritual in Chao Feng Temple in Dajiou, Pingdong, is very quiet, no crowds of people, nor hurly-burly battle array.

    Global Voices in English » Taiwan: Burning of the Plague God Boat

  • Hereford's substitute Joe Colbeck sparkled on the right in his 20 minutes while Guillem Bauza, a Spanish stroller, rode the hurly-burly without complaint or as much effect as he might have created at a higher level.

    Hereford fail to see the funny side as Barnet emerge with the points

  • She typically keeps away from the hurly burly of business and spends three days a week in Hisar constituency which she represents in the Haryana Legislative Assembly and where her late husband had begun his career five decades ago by setting up a bucket manufacturing unit.

    India's Savitri Jindal

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