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hugger-mugger (adv.)

also huggermugger, "secretly, privately," 1520s, one of a number of similar-sounding reduplicated words in use around this time and meaning much the same thing, including hucker-mucker, which may be the original of the bunch if the basis is, as some think, Middle English mukre "to hoard up, conceal." Also compare Middle English hukmuck, late 15c., name of some sort of device for cleansing.

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Definitions of hugger-mugger
1
hugger-mugger (adj.)
conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods;
Synonyms: clandestine / cloak-and-dagger / hole-and-corner / hush-hush / secret / surreptitious / undercover / underground
hugger-mugger (adj.)
in utter disorder;
Synonyms: disorderly / higgledy-piggledy / jumbled / topsy-turvy
2
hugger-mugger (n.)
a state of confusion;
he engaged in the hugger-mugger of international finance
3
hugger-mugger (adv.)
in secrecy;
they did it all hugger-mugger
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