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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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Mick, who stood in the 2001 General Election as member for the Rock n Roll Loony Party, was a popular name in the Cannock community, known to almost everyone.
For too long our cash has been squandered on loony groups.
Mr Hope is the first Loony to win public office as a councillor in Devon and said his aim was to earn enough votes to recover his deposit in the Aldershot constituency where he will stand on June 7.
Sutch may have gone to the great debating chamber in the sky but the MRLP lives on and so does its spin-off - the Cannock-based Rock 'n' Roll Loony Party.
In the past, the overall mood of these scenes--colored at least in part by the mellow gloom of the bruised-looking palimpsest that acts as a backdrop--has been benign, if sometimes a little loony.
Bathers in bikinis and mankinis were among those at South Queensferry for the Loony Dook.
David Steel, the Loony Dook's organiser, said: I first took the plunge more than 20 years ago now, and back then the water was filthy.
The nature of a loony is that they don't have a leader and you are just all loonies together.
The so-called Mad Cow-Girl who is standing in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election as the official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate
The movie is agreeably free from bad puns, loony gadgets and daffy action set pieces that have our hero parasailing over glaciers.
It's a choice between loony left and the loony right
Loony Letwin didn't mention that US prohibition in the 1920s caused a boot-legging crime wave.
The leopardskin jacket, which Lord Sutch wore while performing on stage and campaigning for the Monster Raving Loony party, was bought on behalf of bookmakers William Hill.
Yes, it is a strange gag that doesn't really work - a bit like the official Monster Raving Loony Party Sutch has left behind in this corner of Devon.
ONE of the wacky top hats which Screaming Lord Sutch used to wear at electoral counts will be placed on his coffin today as the leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party is laid to rest.