EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HURLY-BURLY
I went on, a thought coming to the surface in the hurly-burly of my mind.
In the hurly-burly and the general shriek for mercy his reassurances were not heard.
They tell me you were the man who pulled me out of that hurly-burly.
It was all hurly-burly, and every one was ordered immediately to quarters.
But what can have brought you into this hurly-burly of folly and wickedness?
Once in the hurly-burly of the foam the chances would be all on its side.
I summon from that humming and hurly-burly past, the ancient proof-reader.
He returned home to be swept into the hurly-burly of military affairs.
Quickly he was lost to view in the hurly-burly of foam and spray.
So fierce was the hurly-burly that it seemed as if man and horse must perish under it.
also hurlyburly, 1530s, apparently an alteration of phrase hurling and burling, reduplication of 14c. hurling "commotion, tumult," verbal noun of hurl (q.v.). Hurling time was the name applied by chroniclers to the period of tumult and commotion around Wat Tyler's rebellion.
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