from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In utter confusion; with confused violence.


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  • She explained the failure to defend the home secretary as part of the 'pellmell' of the press conference.

  • The boys made a dash of it for the gangway platform, swimming the fastest strokes they knew, pellmell, floundering and splashing, fright in their faces, clambering out with jumps and surges, any way to get out, lending one another a hand to safety, till all were strung along the gangway and peering down into the water.

    Under the Deck Awnings

  • The single remaining warrior rode pellmell down into the swale, where the Kaber warriors cut off first his legs, then his arms, then rolled him into the ditch to ponder the sad estate to which his life had come.

    Archive 2010-07-01

  • She met Max Ernst at a party in 1937 and began a pellmell affair.

    Chymical Transformation At The Frey Norris Gallery

  • Chief Brown Pool and Chief Night Cloud by the Deeps, or again had Fluvia, amber whitch she was, left her chivily crookcrook crocus bed at the bare suggestions of some prolling bywaymen from Moabit who could have abused of her, the foxrogues, there might accrue advantage to ask wher in pellmell her deceivers sinned.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Young voices trembled in affright, people rushed about in haste, pellmell.


  • She wanted to kill them all, spill them pellmell onto the gleaming track that arced away toward Fuji-yama, blued in the industrial haze, and the safety of a plane at Haneda.

    The Miko

  • Part of the volunteer research team was working pellmell to get each shipment inspected, inventoried, and shelved.

    An Exchange on the Rosenbergs

  • Had it not been for Tom Swift, the excited professor would have rushed pellmell over the jagged pile of rocks into the great cave which had been opened by the blast, the cave in which the scientist declared was the lost city for which he had been searching.

    Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel, or, the Hidden City of the Andes

  • Of course all of them were after their guns, and it hardly seemed five seconds to Toby, panting without, ere his companions were tumbling pellmell through the cabin door again, each clutching his favorite weapon.

    With Trapper Jim in the North Woods


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