[ US /ˈheɪˌwaɪɹ/ ]
[ UK /hˈe‍ɪwa‍ɪ‍ə/ ]
  1. not functioning properly
    something is wrong with the engine
    something is amiss
    has gone completely haywire
  2. informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
    it used to drive my husband balmy
  1. wire for tying up bales of hay
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How To Use haywire In A Sentence

  • The chronology is gloriously haywire but it reads quite naturally. Times, Sunday Times
  • A haywire fembot goes loco at a square-dance; another gets post-coital mammary enlargement via remote control.
  • I couldn't see an inch past my window, and the pilot couldn't navigate at all, because his instruments suddenly went haywire.
  • It's about an old man named Eddie, who dies trying to save the life of a little girl when a ride at the amusement park where he works goes haywire.
  • Mr. Hertzberg also offers some theories of why Mr. Matthews "went kind of haywire during the Clinton years": Hendrik Hertzberg: In Praise of Chris Matthews (Seriously)
  • Danielle jumped up and down and clapped her hands above her head like a clockwork toy gone haywire.
  • It was the equivalent of the air traffic control system going completely haywire. Times, Sunday Times
  • Heavy rain and winds in Sydney saw the airport go haywire.
  • But so far, studies haven't been able to tease out what it is in meats or dairy foods that may cause prostate cells to go haywire.
  • Our narrator starts the record slightly haywire, a confused youth maxing out on the raw nerves of bitterness and hope.
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