adverb or adjective Etymology: from the use of baling wire for makeshift repairs Date: 1929 1. being out of order or having gone wrong <
the radio went haywire
2. emotionally or mentally upset or out of control ; crazy <
is going haywire with grief

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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