pell-mell

When things are messy, wacky, crazy, and all over the place, they are pell-mell — chaotic.

If your room is a mess, with clothes everywhere, it's pell-mell. If people are running in every direction and yelling, that's a pell-mell situation. Whenever things are out of hand, off the hook, and chaotic, it's pell-mell. Words with a similar structure and meaning are "higgledy-piggledy," "harum-scarum," and "helter-skelter."

Definitions of pell-mell
1

adv in a wild or reckless manner

“running pell-mell up the stairs”
Synonyms:
harum-scarum

adj with undue hurry and confusion

“a pell-mell dash for the train”
Synonyms:
helter-skelter
hurried
moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste

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