nuttier than a fruitcake

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.
See also: fruitcake, nutty

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.
See also: fruitcake, nutty
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He is also nuttier than a fruitcake with enough phobias and obsessions to keep a conference of shrinks going for a month.
No, I do not mean the fruitcake question as in the old phrase "nuttier than a fruitcake." Since the Reagan Adminstration left Washington, thus removing from the national potlight all those economists who predicted deficits by lucking at pigeon entrails while costumed as Eleanor of Aquitaine, I get very little mail on that sort of fruitcake question.