higgledy-piggledy

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hig·gle·dy-pig·gle·dy / ˈhigəldē ˈpigəldē/ • adv. & adj. in confusion or disorder: [as adv.] bits of paper hanging higgledy-piggledy on the furniture and walls | [as adj.] a higgledy-piggledy mountain of newspapers.

higgledy-piggledy

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higgledy-piggledy XVI. Rhyming jingle prob. based on PIG, with ref. to swine herding together.

higgledy-piggledy

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higgledy-piggledy in confusion or disorder. The expression comes (in the late 16th century) from a rhyming jingle, probably with reference to the irregular herding together of pigs.