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be (as) nutty as a fruitcake

slang To be crazy and/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.
See also: fruitcake, nutty

(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.
See also: fruitcake, nutty

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

be nutty about (someone or something)

To be very passionate and enthusiastic about someone or something. My daughter is nutty about sports—she's currently playing soccer, taking swimming lessons, and playing tennis.
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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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be nutty about

like very much. informal
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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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nutty

mod. silly; giddy; stupid. What a nutty idea!

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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