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loonie

slang The Canadian dollar, specifically the one-dollar coin. (So called due to the picture of a loon, a kind of bird, on its front.) Primarily heard in Canada. For one loonie, this cup of coffee isn't half bad! The machine gave me a bunch of loonies as change for that twenty dollar bill.

loony

1. adjective, slang Crazy, eccentric, foolish, or senseless. A glib adaptation of the word "lunatic." Also spelled "looney" or "loonie." I think everyone is feeling a little loony after being cooped up in the car for so long. My siblings all think I'm a bit loony because I practice alternative medicine.
2. noun, slang A crazy, eccentric, foolish, or senseless person. We can't have a loony like that as our governor! Am I the loony here, or has everyone else just lost their minds? Because this is the most harebrained scheme I've ever heard.

loony bin

slang A psychiatric hospital or insane asylum. From a glib adaptation of the word "lunatic," the phrase is now considered tactless at best, extremely insulting at worst. Back in my grandfather's time, anyone suffering from severe depression or anxiety would have just been thrown in the loony bin, so people suffered in silence and in secret. When she joked about putting someone like my brother in the loony bin, I threw my drink in her face and walked out of the restaurant.
See also: bin, loony

loony

and looney and loonie
1. n. a crazy person. (From lunatic.) I’m beginning to feel like a loonie the longer I stay around here.
2. mod. crazy. That is a loony idea. Forget it.
3. mod. alcohol intoxicated. She’s acting a little loonie. Let’s get her home before she’s sick.

loonie

verb
See loony

loony bin

n. an insane asylum; a mental hospital. Today’s loony bins are far different from those of just a few decades ago.
See also: bin, loony

loony bin

Insane asylum. The word “lunatic” comes from the word for “moon”; madness was associated in many cultures with the effect of the phases of the moon on the human mind. From lunatic came loony, and loony bin was where insane people were incarcerated. The phrase is now considered insulting in the extreme, as are “booby hatch” (originally a covered passageway down a ship deck), “funny farm,” “drool academy,” and “foam rubber city” (a reference to padded cells).
See also: bin, loony
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People are getting loonier. Robin Cembalest, a sparky columnist from Forward in New York, called me a couple of weeks ago to ask what I thought about the attack on me in the Voice Literary Supplement.
Newt Gingrich is: (a) an original thinker-politician, whose fear for America's sagging trajectory prompts him to offer fresh solutions that go beyond politics as usual; (b) a manipulative propagandist, whose benign facade masks a ruthless hunger for power that he'll use for God-knows-what if we don't stop him; or (c) a jargon-loving management consultant in disguise, whose bromides and futurist visions get loonier with each new one he spews.
Loonier sets her story not just at any dinner, but a Passover seder, which may be a familiar trope to anyone who grew up at such potentially heated gatherings.
Whether or not this will lead them to switch their vote, I don't know, and if they do and it benefits one of the loonier parties, that will be a pity.
Script by actor-turned-director Jean-Paul Lilienfeld, who's recently worked mostly in TV, is deliberately provocative, challenging well-meaning liberalism and the loonier aspects of contempo political correctness (Sonic wears a skirt to school, breaking a rule imposed by the principal).
Turning Violetta's maid, Anina (Betty Alison), into a part-time death figure, prowling the stage in a flowing black gown, turned out to be one of Bertman's loonier inventions.
And this bizarre, sometimes difficult, but often funny debut novel takes a close-up look at the loonier aspects of the mock Celtic fringe.
"Our supporters think the political parties are even loonier than we are and we hope to get the protest vote."
The Adolescent Family Life Act (AFLA) is one of the loonier efforts by the now-departed Senator from Alabama, Jeremiah Denton.
But the people who subscribe to Cleggmania don't give a thought to loonier Lib Dem policies.
Whether or not this will lead them to switch their vote I don't know and if they do to one of the loonier parties that would be a pity.
The screen going black while Tony and family sat in a diner surrounded by shady characters and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" played on the soundtrack left some of the loonier obsessives demanding that creator David Chase sleep with the fishes.
There has been no greater proponent of the disguised loony saloon down the years than BMW, and there have been few loonier loony saloons than the latest M5.
But the entirely admissible anger driving the play is all but sidetracked by a conceit so ill-considered that the script seems considerably loonier than its central character.