from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See willy-nilly.


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  • China and all the other countries holding huge amounts of US debt can't just sell it off nilly-willy unless their goal is to throw all their money away.

    Stock Jock

  • And if you are, you don ` t take 8,000 untrained people and have them just nilly-willy going through that area.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2008

  • After electronically venting my spleen the other day on all of you about the inexcusable state of my life, I then went searching the web, rather nilly-willy, for options.

    Not Progress Exactly

  • With the policy we have now, where nilly-willy every municipality that wants to can just put in their own immigration policy, you're not going to get the bad guys.

    CNN Transcript Nov 26, 2007

  • SANCHEZ: So, you don't think them going out and passing, enacting these laws is all very nilly-willy?

    CNN Transcript Aug 14, 2007

  • I mean, here you have different counties and different cities and different towns, nilly-willy making up their own rules on this.

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2007

  • Thou wouldst but outwit us and thou art of those who, when some good fortune cometh to them unforeseen, do straightways abandon their work or their business and, wasting all in pleasuring, become once more poor and thereafter must nilly-willy eke out a living as best they may.

    Arabian nights. English

  • The once secluded and self - contained communities are now shaken by the repeated and continuous shocks of progress around them; and new wants and strange objects compel them nilly-willy to provide vernacular equivalents for the nomenclature of modern arts and sciences.

    Arabian nights. English

  • His father went on to say, "And a priest you shall be before the year is out, nilly-willy."

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • Then, instead of having them wander nilly-willy around the battlefield; shooting from holes like savages, teach them to march neatly and in lock-step in straight lines!

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local


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