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crazy as a loon

Insane. Often used jocularly. Don't leave me alone with Uncle Stu, he's crazy as a loon!
See also: crazy, loon

crazy as a betsy bug

Insane. Don't leave me alone with Uncle Stu, he's crazy as a betsy bug!
See also: betsy, bug, crazy

*crazy as a betsy bug

 and *crazy as a peach-orchard boar; *crazy as a loon
Rur. acting as if insane. (*Also: as ~.) Tom: Susan says she's really the Queen of England. Bill: She's crazy as a betsy bug. Jill: David's a little eccentric, isn't he? Jane: Crazy as a loon, I'd say. What's wrong with Jim? He's acting as crazy as a peach-orchard boar.
See also: betsy, bug, crazy

crazy as a loon

If you describe someone as crazy as a loon, you mean that their behaviour is very strange or silly. She was obviously crazy as a loon.
See also: crazy, loon

crazy as a coot/loon

Lunatic behavior. The simile to the water bird dates from the sixteenth century, when John Skelton (Phyllyp Sparowe, 1529) wrote, “the mad coote, with a balde face to toote.” It is not known whether the craziness refers to the bird’s strange behavior in winter, when flocks of coots on a frozen pond sometimes fly wildly at one another, or to the senile behavior of the very old. (See also bald as a coot.) A related ornithological simile is crazy as a loon, probably derived from the weird loud cry of this bird. However, loony for “crazy” comes not from the bird but from lunatic, in turn related to the ancient belief that the phases of the moon (Latin luna) influence human behavior.
See also: coot, crazy, loon
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Several crew members would go out, capture the loons and then bring them to shore where we could watch and photograph them being processed (weighed, measured and banded).
Since 2012 the use of lead sinkers and jigs weighing less than an ounce have been banned by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in an effort to curb the ingestion of lead contained within the fish the loons eat.
In the days that followed, we successfully implanted satellite transmitters in 14 yellow-billed loons (Gavia adamsii) at a total of 3 different camps around southern Victoria Island.
And it leaves me uttering a Pentecost prayer: Oh God, as to spiritual gifts may we be more like loons as to their chicks.
the tale concludes with the following wise counsel: "Don't judge Raven and Loon too harshly.
The Terror Squad battled hard to get the equaliser but it wasn't to be as Lance's Loons firmly established themselves as worthy champions.
Grebes, murres, and loons are essentially flightless during their primary molt, which occurs soon after their arrival in wintering habitat along the coasts of Washington and Oregon.
The Dodgers have played a key role in the success our franchise has enjoyed, and we are excited to announce the Dodgers will be part of four more years of Loons baseball.
Between the public Loon Lake Recreation Area run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the north end of the lake and the privately-owned Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort along the southeast side, there are more things to do here than at other lakes of similar size.
According to Wildlife Clinic Director Mark Pokras, he and his colleagues have conducted post- mortem exams of more than 500 loons since 1988.
Three years ago, scientists discovered Keji loons have North America's highest recorded mercury levels.
Evidence mounts that mercury contamination is endangering Nova Scotia loons
Kisani has spent years fine-tuning her talent, and has had the best teachers -- the loons themselves.
Reproductive success and foraging effort of Pacific loons (Gavia pacifica) were compared between impoundments and natural ponds in the Prudhoe Bay oil field, Alaska, in 1992 and 1993.