willy-nilly

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Alternative spelling of willy nilly
without direction or planning; haphazardly
whether one likes it or not
it must be, it has to happen
If something happens to you willy-nilly, it happens whether you like it or not. The government were dragged willy-nilly into the confrontation
Nolens volens; willing or not Will-he, nill-he, where nill is n' negative, and will, just as nolens is n'-volens
impotent
in a random manner; "the houses were randomly scattered"; "bullets were fired into the crowd at random"
If someone does something willy-nilly, they do it in a careless and disorganized way, without planning it in advance. Clerks bundled papers into files willy-nilly
(adj), impotent
without having a choice
Seemingly at random, haphazardly

Alice in Wonderland describes a place where random things happen all willy nilly.

Without regard for consequences or the will of those affected

So people chasing money churn out novels willy nilly.

Whether desired or not
nilly-willy
Converse spelling of willy-nilly stand,ng for "will I, nill I" or "I am willing, I am unwilling". It means 'whether one likes it or not'
willy nilly
See Will I, nill I, etc
willy nilly
under 3d Will
willy-nilly

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    Aussprache

    Etymologie

    [ "wi-lE-'ni-lE ] (adverb or adjective.) 1608. alteration of will I nill I or will ye nill ye or will he nill he.

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