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loony

and looney and loonie
1. n. a crazy person. (From lunatic.) I’m beginning to feel like a loonie the longer I stay around here.
2. mod. crazy. That is a loony idea. Forget it.
3. mod. alcohol intoxicated. She’s acting a little loonie. Let’s get her home before she’s sick.

loony bin

n. an insane asylum; a mental hospital. Today’s loony bins are far different from those of just a few decades ago.
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loony bin

Insane asylum. The word “lunatic” comes from the word for “moon”; madness was associated in many cultures with the effect of the phases of the moon on the human mind. From lunatic came loony, and loony bin was where insane people were incarcerated. The phrase is now considered insulting in the extreme, as are “booby hatch” (originally a covered passageway down a ship deck), “funny farm,” “drool academy,” and “foam rubber city” (a reference to padded cells).
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I don't think they are literally loonies, but I think they're a little bit immoderate in their approach.
But the loonies are building a computer website to list all 17,000 members, talk about putting family planning clinics into schools and exposing corrupt councils.
Ruth Kelly IS a member of a shadowy crypto-tory cabal of jackboot-wearing puritanical right-wing loonies - she's in New Labour.
Mae'n debyg bod cynnydd aruthrol wedi bod yng ngwerthiant crysau Lloegr gyda `Looney' ar y cefn yn ystod yr wythnosau diwethaf wedi perfformiad hiliol y loonies yn erbyn Twrci yn ddiweddar.
THE Lib Loonies play in Division Four of the Combined Cardiff Clubs League where they have been for the past four or five seasons, writes Syd Skittler.
It will be impossible to win the war on terror if loonies like these two and their like get their way.
It's also much funnier, although it takes a few pages to get used to the thick Scottish dialect author Irvine Welsh employs throughout his story of a group of wordy and profane Edinburgh junkies, street thugs and generic loonies.
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MY favourite part of any Simon Cowell talent show is laughing at the loonies.
Her agent is Mad Cow Girl, a Sunderland nurse who joined the Loonies after becoming increasingly cheesed-off with the state of the health service.
But Prof Drout said:' I now know more than I ever wanted to about the difficulties of editing a twentiethcentury manuscript, about copyright regulations, about the strange personal and academic resentments that still lurk in various quarters nearly 30 years after Tolkien's death, about some wonderful non-medievalists in the field of Tolkien studies and, unfortunately, about some of the loonies whose attention one attracts by working on anything related to Tolkien.
CONGRATULATIONS to The People and its readers for forcing Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell to take action against the loonies who've been dishing out our Lottery money to spurious organisations.
Representing the Loonies is Leslie Edwards of Bridgend, while Reverend David Braid is the only candidate on an independent ticket.
Representing the Loonies is Leslie Edwards, of Bridgend, while the Reverend David Braid, of Lancashire, is the only candidate on an independent ticket.
Cannock gained its nutty reputation last year when the Rock n Roll Loonies had their biggest representation anywhere in Britain at polls for Cannock Chase Council.