dingbat

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dingbat

1. One who is stupid or foolish. Geez, he keeps pulling on a door that's clearly marked "push"—what a dingbat.
2. A name for a small gadget whose actual name has, typically, been forgotten. Where's that dingbat? I need it to finish this repair.

get the dingbats

slang To become very uneasy and anxious, possibly to the point of severe mental illness. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I'm really worried about John. Anyone could get the dingbats after the kind of trauma he went through.
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give (one) the dingbats

slang To cause one to become very uneasy and anxious, possibly to the point of severe mental illness. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I'm really worried about John. That traumatic experience he went through could give anyone the dingbats.
See also: dingbat, give

have the dingbats

slang To have intense feelings of uneasiness and anxiety, possibly to the point of severe mental illness. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I'm really worried about John. Anyone would have the dingbats after the kind of trauma he went through.
See also: dingbat, have

the dingbats

slang Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand.
1. Madness; eccentricity. He wants to sell bees as pets? Oh yeah, he's got the dingbats, for sure.
2. Strong feelings of unease and anxiety, possibly to the point of severe mental illness. I'm really worried about John. That traumatic experience he went through could give anyone the dingbats.
3. Delirium tremens (a state of physical distress due to alcohol withdrawal, especially after chronic or heavy use). If Pop just stops drinking without being monitored by doctors, he might develop the dingbats.
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dingbat

1. n. a name for a gadget. Isn’t there supposed to be a little red dingbat that goes in this hole?
2. n. a stupid person. Who is the dingbat with Bob?
3. n. any undesirable person. (Also a rude term of address.) I’m tired of reading about that dingbat in the paper every day.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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