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She seemed to have a most haphazard system of record keeping.
  without pattern or planning
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haphazard haphazardly haphazardness
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  • She seemed to have a most haphazard system of record keeping.
  • The haphazard manner in which she spent money drove her husband crazy.
  • This fact, which has been very clearly made out, proves conclusively that it was no mere haphazard burglary.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  Sign of the Four
  • Who hasn’t heard of ships found floating, haphazard, with their crews all dead?
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Shadow Line

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  • I was pretty warm in my sweater, so I started rolling up the sleeves haphazardly.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Knives of all shapes and sizes were stacked haphazardly all the way to the top.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • They came less often, and flew, when they did come, less slowly, as if the search had become haphazard and no longer hopeful.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • The village was larger than Carvahall, but it had been constructed haphazardly, the houses aligned in no particular order.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The windows to the living room, the foyer, and the upstairs guest bathroom were broken, patched haphazardly with sheets of clear plastic or wooden boards nailed across the frames.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The decision he made would be extremely important, but the way in which he made the decision would be careless, haphazard, and uninformed.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon

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  • My work shifts were split so haphazardly that it was easy to believe that my superiors had chosen them maliciously.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Rather than showing Dylan and Logan the proper way to do it—carefully and meticulously—I just let them have at it haphazardly.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • His red hair sticks up at odd angles, and a bandage wrapped haphazardly around his bicep is stained with blood.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I return my gaze to the stage, where dozens of dollar bills are haphazardly thrown at the emcee’s feet.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Now all it held was a big, scarred table with plastic chairs scattered haphazardly around the room.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • The baby’s crib—a drawer pulled out of a chest and laid haphazardly on the floor—was right on the other side of the wall from the bed where Bella slept with the two little Luciano girls, so each wail seemed to drill straight into Bella’s head.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Our bar is a corner bar with a haphazard, patchwork aesthetic.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • People stood three deep at the makeshift bars and clustered around a haphazard collection of tables and stools scattered throughout the cavernous interior.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Kota threw the papers across the room, and they flitted to the floor haphazardly.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Even though that corner was as haphazard as the rest of the room, I could see the care he took with it.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • It took up the whole top floor of the house: several connected rooms, a small kitchen and bathroom, a haphazard collection of beds and belongings strewn everywhere.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • They hurried across a small clearing and into an alley between several haphazardly built log cabins.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • He pointed to a patch of dirt that had been dug out haphazardly.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • And so they parked downtown and found a restaurant that looked so terrible, with faded and unappetizing pictures of the food taped haphazardly to the windows, that they figured it might be cheap.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Magazines were stacked haphazardly on the television, and she could see a thin layer of dust on the stereo, which somehow seemed just right.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The testing was not haphazard and I began to see a pattern of selection emerging.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The shelves were stocked, though somewhat lightly, and the desk and counter were haphazardly covered with volumes of papers and carbons, the unmanned cash register appearing particularly exposed.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • His gaze darted haphazardly around the floor as if the reason for her immunity was written upon it.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • On the living-room floor, the sofa cushions arranged into a sort of haphazard bed, lay my parents, under the guest quilt, their heads level with the gas fire.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • And I can tell by that intelligent look on your face, Mrs. Watson, that you have grasped that that speaker is not placed in the rear deck haphazardly, no, ma’am.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • By mid-September, round bales of golden straw dot the yellow fields on my walk to the county road, arranged in geometric formations and stacked in pyramids and scattered in haphazard clumps.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • For their final test, each of the fourteen-year-olds is forced to climb a ladder haphazardly nailed to a wall.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The grass is broken up by dozens of these rocks, which at first glance appeared to be naturally, haphazardly arranged.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • This second day proved a hypothesis formulated quickly and haphazardly on the first day.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • A hollow space under the stairs and some haphazard friendships were not an operation.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • What was so wonderful about Leslie, among other things, was her explicit promise, her immediate assurance that through her I would be offered redemption from that single pathetic crumpling together which I had experienced and which by haphazard definition could be called sexual congress but which I knew in my secret heart had not been that at all.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I still go over to his long white and black apartment, still end up on top of his sleeping bag, although haphazardly: Jon isn’t big on planning in advance, or on remembering.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Some writhed and gnashed their teeth, trying to free themselves from their haphazard cages.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Dougal was silent for several minutes, watching me intently as I conducted my haphazard ablutions.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He opens the door on the first knock, looking his usual haphazard self.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Watching the bird made Cole curse every second of his miserable and haphazard life.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • The bullets rain over, they are not fired haphazard, but shrewdly aimed from all sides.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Photos of herself and Simon, the Lightwoods, herself with Jace and with her family, were stuck haphazardly into the frame of the mirror over the dresser.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • However haphazardly, everyone I’d known was growing up.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Mrs. Weasley was clattering around, cooking breakfast a little haphazardly, throwing dirty looks at her sons as she threw sausages into the frying pan.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • To meet once a week seemed to him much less regular, entirely too haphazard, bordering on carelessness.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Growing wiser, they gave up flinging themselves haphazardly at the men and began stalking about, waiting for a moment when an oar was down or a back was turned before bulling their wayaboard.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The shadings have not been done in a haphazard fashion, or by guesswork; but painstakingly, and with the trustworthy guidance and support of personal familiarity with these several forms of speech.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The blows seem to have been delivered haphazard and at random.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I’m a sort of strange-thoughted sometimes, they say; but that’s only haphazard-like.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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