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nutcase

1. offensive slang A derogatory term for someone who is insane or psychotic. Some nutcase went rambling through the mall this morning wearing nothing but a plastic bag around his waist, screaming incomprehensibly at anyone who went near him. When you reach a certain level of celebrity, you inevitably start getting stalked by the occasional nutcase.
2. slang An eccentric, wild, or unorthodox person. You're such a nutcase, Tim—I can't believe you ate the entire thing by yourself! My whole family thinks I'm a bit of a nutcase because I practice holistic medicine. My friend Jake is a total nutcase, always pulling the most reckless, crazy stunts.

nut case

Fig. a crazy person; an irrational person. Bob is acting stranger and stranger. He is turning into a real nut case.
See also: case, nut

nutcase

n. a crazy person. She’s a nutcase! Always doing silly things.
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So, Mr Islam, don't try to justify this act with terrorism but an act of a nutcase with a gun or 20 in his case.
Founded in 2006, Nutcase puts artwork into bike helmets, making them an extension of the rider's personality.
Webber said of Grosjean after the Japan incident: "I haven't obviously seen what happened at the start but the guys confirmed it was the first lap nutcase again Grosjean.
Meanwhile, a furious Webber said: "It was the first-lap nutcase again, Grosjean."
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There's a headscratcher of an article on weirdo-attracting libertarian nutcase Ron Paul that fluffs his followers just a little too much (although he has no chance, I'm still hoping his supporters pull a reverse Ralph Nader and throw away their votes on him).
The skill involved in this exercise reflects the work of either a person of sheer brilliance or a complete nutcase.
I am sure there are those who will call Howard Zinn naive, foolish, or even a nutcase for advocating against all war.
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If y'all are a woman op-pressed by patriarchal domination, y'all jes whip out yawr .38 and spling splang there you go, a man's brain spattered on the wall, and y'all are free, Free, FREE!" Claire Dederer, in her review of SCUM Manifesto ["Cutting Remarks," June 14], expresses sisterly admiration for the nutcase assassin Valerie Solanas, who gunned down Andy Warhol and some other poor shmuck who accidentally got in her way when she couldn't find her publisher to kill.
The Nutmeg State senator is a nutcase when it comes to pop culture, which he finds too violent and sexy for children of all ages; with Bill Bennett, he used to hand out Silver Sewer Awards to the media's "top cultural polluters." More recently, Lieberman has announced plans to fight the War on Evil through Twinkie Taxes and duties on other "fatty foods."
Bryan's; Madonna calling herself a "nutcase" and Margaret Wente describing hockey players as "toothless morons." A nutcase is, of course, a person with a mental illness and a moron is a person with an intellectual disability.
The fundamental reason why workplace killing sprees are allowed to progress unchecked is that there is only one gun present, that of the nutcase doing the shooting.
The restrained precision of the third-person narration blends the appalling with the wonderful, as the habitual privacy of a lifelong commuter is punctured, in turn, by an accosting pornographer, a Jehova's witness, and a nutcase in the Tate Gallery, to mention some of the eccentrics who buttonhole Lanchester's flaneur.