haywire haywire  /ˈheɪ ˌwaɪr/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) wire for tying up bales of hay
  2. (adj) informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
  3. (adj) not functioning properly

Usage(s):

  1. There's a lot of people who know that the Government goes haywire in a lot of respects.
  2. Military psychiatrists who have studied what makes a soldier's moral compass go haywire in battle look first for a weak chain of command.

News

  1. Amateur science project goes boom, sends man to hospital

    KENDALL, Wash. — A haywire backyard science project exploded Wednesday, sending one Whatcom County man to Harborview Medical Center. According to the Bellingham Herald, a 44-year-old man was conducting an amateur science project in a two-story shed just after midnight …
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Q13 FOX Seattle

  2. San Onofre nuke plant to close after bitter fight

    The demise of California's San Onofre nuclear power plant began with an attempt to fix it. A $670 million equipment swap in 2009 and 2010 went haywire, leaving Southern California Edison on Friday with ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance

Quotes

  1. "If we can make profits in a matter of hours, we can also have huge losses," said President Nicolas Sarkozy during a visit to India. "We must stop with this system that has gone haywire and that has lost track of its aim."
    on Jan 26, 2008 By: Nicolas Sarkozy Source: Forbes

  2. Letterman called McCain "a true American hero" but told his viewers: "This is not the John McCain I know, by God. It makes me believe something is going haywire with the campaign."
    on Sep 25, 2008 By: David Letterman Source: Newsweek

  3. "A real nice day kind of went haywire right away," Sveum said. "You're running out of games. It gets to the point, whatever the Mets do, you start thinking you have to win seven out of nine or eight out of nine. That's what it's getting to."
    on Sep 18, 2008 By: Dale Sveum Source: International Herald Tribune

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