pell-mell also pell·mell (pĕlmĕl)
1. In a jumbled, confused manner; helter-skelter.
2. In frantic disorderly haste; headlong: "I went to work pell-mell, blotted several sheets of paper with choice floating thoughts" (Washington Irving).
[French pêle-mêle, from Old French pesle mesle, probably reduplication of mesle, imperative of mesler, to mix; see MEDDLE.]
pell-mell adj. & n.
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