higgledy-piggledy higgledy-piggledy


  1. (adj) in utter disorder
  2. (adv) in a disordered manner


  1. For many years we have all known that the executive and administrative departments are a higgledy-piggledy patchwork of duplicate responsibilities and overlapping powers.
  2. Paintings were stuffed under beds, piled higgledy-piggledy in the cellar, gathered dust in cupboards.
  3. Yet the selection was being carried on in such higgledy-piggledy fashion that many consumers were probably unaware that any contest was taking place at all.


  1. "We are a bit higgledy-piggledy in terms of team selection but for the first time, we have enough forward power to improve our chances of scoring," Ferguson, who also has Louis Saha available, said.
    on Sep 14, 2007 By: Sir Alex Ferguson Source: Times Online

  2. Pc Tim Booth, a crime prevention officer for Lincolnshire Police, said: "When you consider the quantities that have been taken, it's all very odd. If you went to a catering event such as a wedding and the tables were higgledy-piggledy and of...
    on Jun 17, 2006 By: Tim Booth Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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