helter-skelter helter-skelter


  1. (adj) lacking a visible order or organization
  2. (adj) with undue hurry and confusion
  3. (adv) haphazardly



  1. Helter-skelter was the motive for the murders.
  2. Laymen understand polarization more readily if they imagine that a beam of light, vibrating in all directions, is a flight of straws blown along helter-skelter by the wind.
  3. Powell may be a good drinking companion, but he is a helter-skelter administrator.


  • Bruins wary of Blackhawks’ fast-moving defensemen

    During the playoffs, the Bruins have not faced a six-man defensive unit as smart, mobile, and brisk as Chicago’s. Toronto’s speed centered around its forwards. The Bruins’ forecheck neutralized New York’s ability to transition from defense to offense. Skin-tight play in the neutral zone, combined with the helter-skelter performance of ace puck mover Kris Letang, prevented the Penguins from ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Boston Globe


  1. "I thought tonight it felt kind of like helter-skelter out there," said Blazers coach Nate McMillan. "There was really no rhythm, right from the start. It just seems like the team that established itself from the beginning of the game, has...
    on Apr 24, 2009 By: Nate McMillan Source: USA Today

  2. ABC's Jake Tapper notes the "Helter-Skelter cultish qualities" of "Obama worshipers," what Joel Stein of the Los Angeles Times calls "the cult of Obama."
    on Feb 14, 2008 By: Jake Tapper Source: Hartford Courant

  3. "It's been helter-skelter all the way through," McCoist told Rangers World. "But if someone gave you the opportunity to win the league in the final game of the season then you would bite their hand off. We have got that but Craig Levein's...
    on May 18, 2009 By: Ally McCoist Source: Sportinglife.com

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