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the lunatics have taken over the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. With the primary schools giving their young students complete control over the curriculum, it seems as though the lunatics have taken over the asylum. After the recent election, a new wave of political extremists have taken power in Congress. It looks like the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
See also: asylum, have, lunatic, over, taken

the lunatics are running the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. With the primary schools giving their young students complete control over the curriculum, it seems as though the lunatics are running the asylum. After the recent election, a new wave of political extremists have taken power in Congress. It looks like the lunatics are now running the asylum.
See also: asylum, lunatic, running

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

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

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
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quotation on page 15 of your October issue, the author adds, "only men [could vote]" That's expressing it a bit too broadly, since some men were ineligible--including (to coin a naughty phrase) judges, idiots and lunatics.
It was confirmed in 1815 that judges could only commit a lunatic to gaol or to the care of his 'friends'.
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In a reference to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, he added: 'Unfortunately we see our own troops heading to the Middle East to face another lunatic who needs to be deposed.
Whatever quality I might claim for myself, I do not appear to attract the lunatic fringe," he added.
Guillem has also introduced innovations in Act I that are naturalistic details, for instance the presence of a band to accompany the peasant pas de deux and the creation of new characters such as a lunatic and a drunkard.
It told the dramatic story of Martha Thompson, who was incarcerated in the dreaded Bedlam lunatic asylum after her conversion.
As he notes, "readers sympathetic to theory may object to Deleuze and Guattari as unfashionable or even lunatic fringe, whereas antitheorists will doubtless object to them as theory" (204).
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There are also selections that show nastiness (read "A Lunatic or a Traitor" on Marcus Garvey), naivete ("Socialism and the Negro Problem," in which he praises the dictator Stalin) and contrition ("Talented Tenth: A Memorial Address," in which he recants his naive, elitist idea for the uplifting of the race).
the anguished White House monitors and their electorally challenged minions cry that legions of mindless "dittoheads" are taking their orders from a talk-show lunatic.
Imagination is, according to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the stuff of which lovers, lunatics, and poets are made; in Yaguello's fascinating study, imagination instead marks a particular kind of both lover and lunatic, the one in love with language.
Suppose you had a large head and you learned that a lunatic was decapitating big-headed people who walked to work during the day.
The same person acts at times as if he is capable of "hanging the moon" and other at times as if he is only capable of "gazing at the moon"--the old definition of a lunatic.
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