lunatic fringe


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lunatic fringe

the more extreme members of a group. Most of the members of that religious sect are quite reasonable, but Lisa belongs to the lunatic fringe. Many people try to avoid eating a lot of fat, but Mary is part of the lunatic fringe and will eat anything.
See also: fringe, lunatic
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Now it looks as if I shall be consigned to the lunatic fringe once again.
It seemed even more than ever to be the refuge of high-end audio's lunatic fringe.
The level of receptivity you can expect from an audience varies widely--from the sincerely interested to those who consider you part of the lunatic fringe.
There was a heated exchange when deputy council leader Cllr John Mutton (Lab, Binley and Willenhall) branded some of the opponents of the Phoenix Initiative as "the lunatic fringe which seems to occupy all the newspaper space''.
Most end up in the remainder pile at our local bookstores, gaining only a lunatic fringe as a loyal audience.
Or it can become the very "Establishment" that the current Lunatic Fringe is screaming about.
Crazy, mad, nuts, lame, lunatic and lunatic fringe fall all too comfortably from the tongue.
The legitimacy of the democratic order is scarcely questioned; procedural democracy seems to be maturing by the day; even `pathological spoilers'--to borrow a phrase from the American scholar Steve Stedman--on the lunatic fringe use democratic means to challenge the state.
As he notes, "readers sympathetic to theory may object to Deleuze and Guattari as unfashionable or even lunatic fringe, whereas antitheorists will doubtless object to them as theory" (204).
One Danish trader said on Wednesday: "The lunatic fringe in the UK meat market will kill the bacon trade for everyone unless something is done soon.
The exercise's scenario, called "Ex Lunatic Fringe," was leaked to the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix last month.
Like any big, effective organization, Greenpeace is a magnet for critics -- right-wing opponents of environmentalism, disgruntled ex-employees and the lunatic fringe.
Representatives of government, academia, and industry--self- characterized as a "constructive lunatic fringe group"--put forward their visions, quixotic and otherwise, of future computation.
THE deadly intent of the lunatic fringe behind this latest attempt at an under-car booby-trap attack is clear.
This week's other Muslim convert of note was Jason Owen, the killer of Baby P, who carries the Koran wherever he goes in Stafford jail, another chancer taught by the lunatic fringe inside.