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hurlyburly

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A combination of hurling and burling.

NounEdit

hurlyburly (plural hurlyburlies)

  1. (archaic) A noisy and disorderly tumult and confusion, especially as of battle.
    • 1550: Mierdman, Steuen, The market or fayre of usurers
      ...for nought is ceaſſed and gone already, what an hurlyburly (?) inconvenience ſhoulde followe or it maye be eaſely perceived.
    • 1606: Shakespeare, William, Macbeth
      First Witch: When shall we three meet again / In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
      Second Witch: When the hurlyburly's done, / When the battle's lost and won.

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