hay + wire
"Haigh" + wire
- (UK) IPA: /'heɪ.waɪ.ə(ɹ)/, SAMPA: /"heI.waI.@(r)/
- (US) IPA: /ˈheɪ.waɪɚ/, SAMPA: /"heI.waI@`/
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- Wire used to bind bales of hay.
- baler twine
wire used to bind bales of hay
- Roughly-made, unsophisticated, decrepit (from the use of haywire for temporary repairs). Possibly originated because of frayed wires sitting near hay in a hot barn, which caused an explosion (The barn ceased to exist, and it was referred to as having gone "haywire"), or from tendency of slap-dash repairs done with scraps of bailing wire to fail catastrophically at times of mechanical stress.
- Behaving erratically or uncontrollably, especially of a machine or mechanical process; usually used with the verb "go".
- It was working fine until it went haywire and wouldn't stop printing blank sheets.
- Those kids go haywire when they don't get what they want.
- come unglued (verb)
- tearing up Jack
- lose one's cool
- blow up (emotionally)
- go bonkers (emotionally)
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