hugger-mugger

Primary Meanings of hugger-mugger

1.
nadj
a state of confusion
in utter disorder
2.
adjadv
conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
in secrecy
Full Definitions of hugger-mugger
1

n a state of confusion

“he engaged in the hugger-mugger of international finance”
Type of:
confusion
disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably

adj in utter disorder

Synonyms:
disorderly, higgledy-piggledy, jumbled, topsy-turvy
untidy
not neat and tidy
2

adj conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

Synonyms:
clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground
covert
secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

adv in secrecy

“they did it all hugger-mugger

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