willy-nilly

Meaning(s)

1. being careless

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behaving/running around willy-nilly

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  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."

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  1. The children were scolded for running around willy-nilly on the dock. It wasn't safe.

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  1. He spoke willy-nilly about his boss, despite still being at work.

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repercussion reckless

2. do without having a choice

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drawn willy-nilly into conflict

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 Willy-nilly is an adverb used to say 'whether you like it or not' - "She found herself defending him willy-nilly.".

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  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.

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  1. We found ourselves involved in a dispute with them willy-nilly.

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no matter what

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