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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Helter-skelter.
 
Higgledy-piggledy; in hurry and confusion. The Latin hilariter-celeriter comes tolerably near the meaning of post-haste, as Shakespeare uses the expression (2 Henry IV., v. 3):—   1
       
“Sir John, I am thy Pistol and thy friend,
And helter-skelter have I rode to thee,
And tidings do I bring.”
 


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