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fringe benefit

A non-monetary perk, incentive, or benefit for working a job that is given in addition to one's normal wage or salary. One of the fringe benefits of working here is getting free lunch in the cafeteria.
See also: benefit, fringe

lunatic fringe

The most extreme members or portion of a larger group of people. The group has widely been dismissed as the lunatic fringe of the religion, taking its most fundamentalist aspects and warping them into a cult-like ideology based on prejudice and hate. They're part of some lunatic fringe who believe that eating anything that dwells or grows above ground pollutes the body with toxins.
See also: fringe, lunatic

on the fringe

1. At or in the periphery of something or some place. Our offices are on the fringe of the city, where rent isn't quite so high. There are still some tribes on the fringe of the forest that have never made contact with the outside world.
2. Outside of or not favored by the mainstream population; unconventional, radical, or extreme. He's a really smart guy, but some of his ideas are really on the fringe. I've just found that the most interesting art these days is found on the fringe.
See also: fringe, on

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

on the fringe

1. Lit. at the outer boundary or edge of something. He doesn't live in the city, just on the fringe.
2. Fig. at the extremes of something, typically political thought. He is way out. His political ideas are really on the fringe.
See also: fringe, on

the ˌlunatic ˈfringe

(disapproving) members of an organization or group who are more extreme than the others; extreme groups: It’s the lunatic fringe of the Animal Liberation Front which smashes the windows of butchers’ shops, not ordinary members like us.The word lunatic means crazy. It comes from the Latin word luna, meaning ‘moon’, because people believed that the changes in the moon caused temporary madness.
See also: fringe, lunatic

lunatic fringe, the

A minority group who have what others consider very extreme beliefs. The term was first used (and perhaps coined) by Theodore Roosevelt in History as Literature (1913): “There is apt to be a lunatic fringe among the votaries of any forward movement.” At first used mainly for political extremists, the expression was later extended to other venues, as by Diana Ramsay in Deadly Discretion (1973): “Antique shops were magnets for the lunatic fringe.”
See also: lunatic
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Citing a fringy claque of "researchers," Chipotle denies the broad and strong scientific consensus that genetically modified foods are safe to eat and fine for the environment.
Hindy Tantoco also had model Michelle Panemanglor's hair tied in a sleek pony, creating a clean foil to her fringy, V-neck beaded Flapper dress.
High magnification brings to the fore faint stars loosely gathered towards the fringy and grainy edge.
He went travelling in Mexico, toying with the idea of being a painter, but then when he returned to England he started getting involved in "little fringy pub theatre" in Brighton.
But," he notes, "now that they had to cover the Tea Party, the tone turned negative: Overall, 27 of 61 stories (44 percent) openly suggested the movement was fringy or extremist.
Perhaps that's why people tend to refer to you as the brazen bobbed babe or the shy fringy gal.
Three-quarters of the way through 2009, it is fringy Ron Paul, more so than John McCain .
But mostly, he just wanted the mike in his hand so he could do his impassioned, grimacing, Elvis-like thing, albeit sans the fringy jumpsuit.
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