- 1A fruit consisting of a hard or tough shell around an edible kernel: he was cracking nuts with his teethMore example sentences
- Rural people are allowed to collect medicinal herbs, mushroom and fungi, edible vegetables, wild nuts, and fruits from forests.
- The nut's hard ash-coloured shell contains toxic substances similar to what is found in poison ivy and poison oak.
- The fruit of this tree is a nut and is edible if roasted.
- 1.1The hard kernel of a nut: savoury snacks like crisps and nutsMore example sentences
- We would not be restricted to salad vegetables, fruits and nuts, milk, raw fish, and steak tartare.
- The nuts, olives and breadsticks are a nice touch.
- Steer clear of digestion-challenging fatty foods, including butter, cream, olive oil, crisps and nuts.
- 1.2 (usually nuts) A small lump of something hard or solid, especially coal.More example sentences
- Crunchy cereals, pretzels, soy nuts, veggie chips, even beef or turkey jerky can help satisfy the need to work the jaw while filling the stomach.
- 2A small flat piece of metal or other material, typically square or hexagonal, with a threaded hole through it for screwing on to a bolt as a fastener: fix the new pipe and tighten the nuts the final wheel nut was tightenedMore example sentences
- It is a question that applies also to threads in metal, such as bolts and nuts and screw fasteners.
- They ranged from the production of brass and other non-ferrous metals to screws, nuts, bolts, chains and anchors, pins, and jewellery.
- The deck is fiberglass composite with balsa wood core and is securely fastened with nuts, bolts, and washers to the inward hull flange.
- 3 • informal A crazy or eccentric person: she would have written me off as a time-wasting nutMore example sentences
madman/madwoman, maniac, lunatic; eccentric• informal loony, nutcase, nutter, nutjob, cuckoo, fruitcake, head case, basket case, headbanger, schizo, crank, crackpot, oddball, weirdo, weirdieBritish • informal odd bodScottish • informal radgeUS • informal wing nutNorth American & Australian/New Zealand • informal dingbat
- I got up this morning and was moving around like a crazy nut.
- He's such a crazy nut, he would've done the naked pics for each team had he been there.
- Then more whacko tourists would inundate their pristine land of home-grown nuts and fruitcakes.
- 3.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] A person who is excessively interested in or enthusiastic about a specified thing: a football nutMore example sentences
- Well I don't know about that but if some religious nut, er, enthusiast wants me to be happy well, it's better than penile enhancement promos.
- Not every person who is pro-war or anti-gun control is a pro-life, anti-gay religious nut.
- As a professional nude nut however, Tim was faced with a dilemma.
- 6The fixed ridge on the neck of a stringed instrument over which the strings pass: the positioning allows the strings a straight path over the nutMore example sentences
- The right-hand bridges usually carry the bass strings, which run across the soundboard to the nut on the opposite edge.
verb (nuts, nutting, nutted)Back to top
- 1 [with object] British • informal Butt (someone) with one’s head: I thought he was going to nut me in the faceMore example sentences
- One of them grabbed my hand, so I pulled it away and he pushed me against a wall, and then he nutted me and I fell to the floor.
- I could nut him and put him down, or keep negotiating and calming him.
- I went up for the ball and got there first but one of their lads just nutted me in the wrong place.
- 2 [no object] (usually as noun nutting) • archaic Gather nuts.More example sentences
- More affluent folks enjoyed nutting as recreation.
- Bill Oddie said at the launch yesterday ‘We want everyone to get out and get nutting.’
do one's nut
- British • informal Become extremely angry or agitated: I hope my mum hasn’t heard about this, or she’ll be doing her nutMore example sentences
- On the day of the incident he came home to a table full of banana sandwiches and ‘started to do his nut’.
- It's not just his merciless cheeriness that's doing my nut.
- I was before I came here, but someone in this computer lab is playing a Shania Twain album on a CD drive and it's doing my nut!
nuts and bolts
- • informal The basic practical details: the nuts and bolts of making a movieMore example sentences
- Further detailed discussions on the nuts and bolts of the finance deal will now take place with the DfES.
- At the same time he was always interested in practicalities, in the nuts and bolts.
- He tends to hire ambitious people who have their eye on a startup and a knack for the nuts and bolts of practice.
off one's nut
- • informal Out of one’s mind; crazy.More example sentences
- There are new bands coming through, but no one else seems to realise that rock music is in the middle of a Zeitgeist just now, and kids who are 19 just want to get off their nut and go crazy.
- If you, say, went off your nut and tried to fill up the Houston Astrodome with Blanco Countians, you'd have to clone each one seven times.
- It's only after the money has been donated that he tells Lil, who pretty much goes off her nut.
a tough (or hard) nut
- • informal Someone who is difficult to deal with; a formidable person.More example sentences
- In the MacTavish Cup first-round replay, Loch Carron's difficulties against Kilmallie continued and they found them once again a tough nut.
- While Spider-man, Daredevil, X-Men, Hulk and Blade were a slam dunk from an entertainment standpoint, the central figure of the current cinematic outing is something of a tough nut.
- John Cena, the current WWE World Champion, is known around the world as a tough nut, but with the release of his new LP, he may be getting some respect as an MC as well.
a tough (or hard) nut to crack
- • informal A difficult problem or an opponent that is hard to beat.More example sentences
- He should prove a tough nut to crack over tomorrow's extended three miles.
- Japan has proved a tough nut for Microsoft's console division to crack.
- Nine-year-olds are tough nuts to crack, as Peter Loraine, head of marketing at S Club Juniors' label Polydor, points out.
use (or take) a sledgehammer to crack a nut
- • informal Use disproportionately drastic measures to deal with a simple problem.More example sentences
- The MoD was using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
- The fact that 11 humps on a short stretch of country road (where, incidentally, it has never been established statistically that an overwhelming accident problem existed in the first place) is a case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
- Mark Oaten, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, warned: ‘Labour seems obsessed with breaking away the traditions of the jury system and is in danger of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
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- During these complex steps of ribosome biogenesis, parts of the leader rRNA nut-like sequences undergo transient interactions with sequence elements within the first 400 nucleotides from the 5′ end of the mature 16S rRNA.
- The theca of Pentremites has a rather nut-like shape, and fossil Pentremites are sometimes inaccurately called ‘fossil nuts’ or ‘fossil hickory nuts’.
- The tiny, bead-like amaranth grains have a hearty, nut-like flavor.
Old English hnutu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch noot and German Nuss.