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helter-skelter

adverb uk   /ˌhel.təˈskel.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚˈskel.t̬ɚ/
quickly and in all directions: People were screaming and running helter-skelter down the steps to escape the flames.

helter-skelter

noun [C] uk   /ˌhel.təˈskel.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚˈskel.t̬ɚ/ UK
a tall structure at a fair that you slide down and around for enjoyment
Translations of “helter-skelter”
in Spanish atropelladamente, a la desbandada…
in French en désordre…
in German holterdiepolter, schell…
in Chinese (Traditional) 忙亂地,混亂地…
in Chinese (Simplified) 忙乱地,混乱地…
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