wing nut

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or wing nut  (wĭng′nŭt)
1. A nut with winglike projections for thumb and forefinger leverage in turning. Also called thumbnut.
2. Slang
a. A person with extreme or fanatical political views.
b. A crazy or eccentric person.

[Senses 2a and 2b influenced by wing, faction.]

wing nut

(Mechanical Engineering) a threaded nut tightened by hand by means of two flat lugs or wings projecting from the central body. Also called: butterfly nut

wing′ nut`

a nut having two flat, widely projecting pieces such that it can be readily tightened with the thumb and forefinger.
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Noun1.wing nut - any tree of the genus Pterocarya; fruit is a small winged nutlet; Caucasus to southeastern Asia
genus Pterocarya, Pterocarya - Asiatic nut trees: wing nuts
Caucasian walnut, Pterocarya fraxinifolia - medium-sized Caucasian much-branched tree distinguished from other walnut trees by its winged fruit
nut tree - tree bearing edible nuts
2.wing nut - a threaded nut with winglike projections for thumb and forefinger leverage in turningwing nut - a threaded nut with winglike projections for thumb and forefinger leverage in turning
nut - a small (usually square or hexagonal) metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt
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