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See also: huggermugger
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhʌɡ.əˌmʌɡ.ə/, /ˌhʌɡ.əˈmʌɡ.ə/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈhʌɡ.ɚˌmʌɡ.ɚ/
- Secret, clandestine, sly.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:covert
- Disorderly, chaotic, confused.
- hugger-mugger doings
- 2020 September 1, Tom Lamont, “The butcher's shop that lasted 300 years (give or take)”, in The Guardian:
- There were densely tenanted houses on the main road, pigsties hugger-mugger with people, fireplace ashes thrown out at night.
- (archaic) Secrecy.
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene v], page 273, column 2:
- […] ; and we haue done but greenly
In hugger mugger to interre him.
- 1645, Thomas Fuller, Good Thoughts in Bad Times:
- Many things have been done in hugger-mugger.
- 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Canongate, published 2006, page 990:
- As we passed through the quadrangle the church was glowing more brightly than a pearl, like a lily in strong sunlight, in spite of all the scaffolding and hugger-mugger.
- 2013 September 10, Michiko Kakutani, “A Calamity Tailor-Made for Internet Conspiracy Theories”, in New York Times:
- Portentous events and lots of huggermugger quickly proliferate, as they always in Pynchon-land: a dead body turns up near the pool in a famous Upper West Side building; […]
- To meet or act secretly.