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(as) nutty as a fruitcake

Crazy or wacky. Usually used humorously. The kids are always nutty as fruitcakes when they've had something sugary to eat. My Aunt Jeannie has always been nutty as a fruitcake.
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be (as) nutty as a fruitcake

slang To be crazy or wacky. Usually used humorously. Don't listen to a word he says, he's as nutty as a fruitcake! You're nutty as a fruitcake if you think that plan will work.
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fruitcake

1. A spice cake containing fruit and nuts. Often used as a humorous reference because it is often deemed unappetizing. Just give me a minute to cut up the fruitcake. Need a doorstop? Try this fruitcake!
2. slang Someone who is odd or wacky. What conspiracy theory is that old fruitcake blathering on about now?
3. offensive slang A derogatory term for a male who is homosexual or otherwise non-heterosexual or considered effeminate.

nuttier than a fruitcake

Crazy or wacky. Usually used humorously. The kids are always nuttier than fruitcakes when they've had something sugary to eat. My Aunt Jeannie has always been nuttier than a fruitcake.
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*nutty as a fruitcake

 and nuttier than a fruitcake
crazy. (*Also: as ~.) Don't pay any attention to John; he's nutty as a fruitcake. Mary's schemes for making money are nuttier than a fruitcake.
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nutty as a fruitcake

Crazy, idiotic, as in Mary's nutty as a fruitcake if she thinks she can get away with that. The adjective nutty meaning "insane" was first recorded in 1821; the similarity to fruitcake, which literally contains nuts as well as fruit, was first recorded in 1935.
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nutty as a fruitcake

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone is as nutty as a fruitcake, they are crazy. The man is a charmer — intense, funny, and nutty as a fruitcake. Note: `Nutty' or `nuts' is an informal word for mad. Nutty can also mean containing a lot of nuts in the way that a fruitcake often does.
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nutty as a fruitcake

completely crazy. informal
Nutty meaning ‘mad or crazy’ dates from the late 19th century, and this phrase, punning on the sense of ‘full of nuts’, from the 1930s. Fruitcake is also used on its own to mean ‘a crazy or eccentric person’.
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(as) nutty as a ˈfruitcake

(informal, humorous) (of a person) completely crazy: He’s as nutty as a fruitcake. Do you know what he did yesterday? He had lunch outside in the pouring rain.
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(as) nutty as a fruitcake

mod. very silly or stupid. The whole idea is as nutty as a fruitcake.
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nutty as a fruitcake

verb
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fruitcake

1. n. a silly-acting person. (Also a term of address.) You can be such a silly fruitcake sometimes.
2. n. a male homosexual. (Rude and derogatory. An elaboration of fruit.) We went into this bar, but it was filled with fruitcakes, so we left.
3. and fruit loop n. a foolish oaf. (Someone who is as nutty as a fruitcake. Fruit loop is borrowed from the cereal of the same [protected trade] name.) What a fruitcake! Doesn’t even know where his head is at. Out of the way, fruit loop.

nuttier than a fruitcake

Crazy, eccentric. This term originated in America about 1920 and transfers the actual nuts in a fruitcake to the colloquial meaning of nutty as crazy. The term later gave rise to the usage fruitcake for an eccentric individual.
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References in classic literature ?
And you can cut some fruit cake and have some of the cookies and snaps."
And then pressing her to take another piece of fruit cake and another helping of preserves.
She said we could have fruit cake and cherry preserves for tea.
"Let me give you a bit of fruit cake and some of the cherry preserves.
"We had cold tongue and chicken and strawberry preserves, lemon pie and tarts and chocolate cake and raisin cookies and pound cake and fruit cake -- and a few other things, including more pie -- caramel pie, I think it was.
Ms Jones is now bringing luxury cakes - including fruit cakes similar to M.
There are chocolate cakes, Madeira cakes and fruit cakes - to mention but a few.
Last Christmas, Joyce Jones of Clinton, one of the sweetest and dearest ladies that I know and love, brought me a little golden tin filled with these delicious Mini Fruit Cakes tagged with the recipe on a card.
Fruit cakes don't have to be super dense and dry or heavy and boozy and filled with that satanic invention – the glace cherry.
Trish, who has been making cakes for 20 years, said of her creative Christmas cake: "After getting no orders for fruit cakes this year, I decided it was time to do something different to get people talking about the sweeter side of Christmas.
IS it just a coincidence that the present crop of modernisers, republicans and anti-monarchists are just a bunch of fruit cakes.
Simply Cornish Saffron Cake, pounds 5.75, 655g Made to a secret 100-year-old recipe, this is totally delicious and a great choice for those who don't like heavy fruit cakes. It is a highly fruited, yeast-raised dough cake similar to panetonne that can be eaten cold or toasted.
I don't know if the show's production budget would stretch to the extra large fruit cakes which would be needed to preserve my (more than ample) modesty!
has made its well-loved Jane Parker Fruit Cakes online at www.apfreshonline.com.
Q I'M planning to save some money and make fruit cakes to give as Christmas presents this year.