Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

willy-nilly

willy-nilly
Meaning(s)
1) being careless
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    • behaving/running around willy-nilly
  • Analysis
      Willy-nilly is an adverb that can be used to talk about something done without planning, something haphazard, seemingly random or careless. "The radio in my car just changes station willy-nilly, one second I'm listening to country music and the next it's smooth jazz."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The children were scolded for running around willy-nilly on the dock. It wasn't safe.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. He spoke willy-nilly about his boss, despite still being at work.
  • Further Suggestions
2) do without having a choice
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    • drawn willy-nilly into conflict
  • Analysis
     Willy-nilly is an adverb used to say 'whether you like it or not' - "She found herself defending him willy-nilly.".
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. During the concert, the crowd was pushed back willy-nilly because of the sheer number of people.
    2. They were forced to present their idea willy-nilly.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We found ourselves involved in a dispute with them willy-nilly.
  • Further Suggestions
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