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crackpot

1. noun Someone who is wacky or crazy. There's a guy on our corner who shouts about the end of the world; I think he's a crackpot.
2. adjective Wacky or crazy. Oh please, Paul's crackpot schemes never work—I wouldn't get involved, if I were you.
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crackpot

1. n. a fake; a person with strange or crazy plans. Some crackpot called to tell us that the sky is falling in.
2. mod. having to do with crazy things, mainly ideas. We need a crackpot idea around here just so we’ll have something to compare your ideas to.
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If Barnett wants reasonable people to respect his 2012 Republican Party, he needs to pull it back from the crackpot fringe and make it into something more decent than a paranoid cave dweller dragging its basest impulses out of a dark crevice and enacting them into law.
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Several of my fellow contributors and I are far from being crackpots.
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activists are no more crackpots than are redneck loggers who believe the myth that wilderness preservation has eliminated their jobs.
Auctioneer Damian Matthews said the sale in Dunleek, Co Meath, attracted "all sorts of crackpots and oddballs".
If a CEO is doing his job properly, he doesn't have time to spend preparing the type of glorified online diary that is associated most intimately with gas bags, blowhards, navel-gazers, crackpots, conspiracy theorists and lonely guys.
As I am not one of your regular letter writers, most of whom are clearly crackpots, who have obviously nothing better or useful to do with their time than spew their drivel, you will no doubt be most reluctant to reproduce this letter.
SADLY the reason most children do not know our National Anthem is because the politically correct crackpots in schools and in general will not allow it to be played because it might upset some people.
Fortunately, today only crackpots would give credence to such an interpretation.
employs surgical tools to dissect the skin which covers the mundane and exposes the intricate web of psychological implications which are hidden deep within our complex attitudes towards sexual ambivalence." Like his near-exact contemporary (and fellow puddle jumper) Candace Bushnell, however, Moynihan is basically a high-end retailer of the human condition, and Boogie-Woogie bops along in teleready episodes wherein a dozen or so roues, crackpots, compulsives, lewd ingenues, and feckless strivers variously engage, intersect, or simply coexist in prime time together, as if on split screens.
At times regarded as a band of crackpots, the party has become an electoral force with which to be reckoned, running candidates across the country and gaining membership at a rapid pace.
Having been born to a couple of sad crackpots, and given a joke name, she has now found peace and happiness with the crusty, long-haired pop star.
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