Pell-mell PEL-MEL , adverb;
1. In a confused or jumbled mass, crowd, manner, etc.: The crowd rushed pell-mell into the store when the doors opened
2. In disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner
1. Indiscriminate; disorderly; confused: a pell-mell dash after someone
2. Overhasty or precipitate; rash: pell-mell spending
1. A confused or jumbled mass, crowd, etc.
2. Disorderly, headlong haste
Pell-mell is a variation on the French term pesle mesle, which is derived from the French verb mesler, "to mix." It entered English in the late 1500s.
But they erode already thin profit margins in developing-world factories and foster a pell-mell work environment in which getting the order out the door is the only thing that matters.
?James Surowiecki, "After Rana Plaza," The New Yorker, May 20, 2013
Synonyms: chaotic, confused, disarrayed, disorganized, haphazard, muddled, tumultuous
Antonyms: ordered, organized