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 for willy nilly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Willy nilly \Wil"ly nil"ly\
     Whether I (he, she, they) want to or not. See Will I, nill
     I, etc., under 3d Will.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Will \Will\, v. i.
     To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to
     wish; to desire.
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           And behold, there came a leper and worshiped him,
           saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
           And Jesus . . . touched him, saying, I will; be thou
           clean.                                   --Matt. viii.
                                                    2, 3.
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     Note: This word has been confused with will, v. i., to
           choose, which, unlike this, is of the weak conjugation.
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     Will I, nill I, or Will ye, hill ye, or Will he, nill
     he, whether I, you, or he will it or not; hence, without
        choice; compulsorily; -- commonly abbreviated to willy
        nilly. "If I must take service willy nilly." --J. H.
        Newman. "Land for all who would till it, and reading and
        writing will ye, nill ye." --Lowell.
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "willy nilly":
     all over, all over hell, at intervals, brokenly, by catches,
     by fits, by jerks, by skips, by snatches, come what may,
     compulsorily, disconnectedly, discontinuously, every which way,
     fitfully, from necessity, haphazardly, harum-scarum, helplessly,
     helter-skelter, here and there, higgledy-piggledy, hugger-mugger,
     in a jumble, in a mess, in a muddle, in confusion, in disarray,
     in disorder, in spots, inescapably, inevitably, infrequently,
     intermittently, necessarily, need, needfully, needs, nolens volens,
     occasionally, of necessity, per saltum, perforce, randomly,
     requisitely, skimble-skamble, skippingly, unavoidably,
     without choice

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