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abbreviation

  • (In the UK) National Union of Teachers.

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Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody

There are 3 definitions of NUT in English:

Nut

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Pronunciation: /nʊt
 
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Egyptian Mythology
  • The sky goddess, thought to swallow the sun at night and give birth to it in the morning.

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nut

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Pronunciation: /nʌt
 
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noun

  • 1A fruit consisting of a hard or tough shell around an edible kernel: he was cracking nuts with his teeth
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    • 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 nuts
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    • 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.
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  • 1.2 (usually nuts) A small lump of something hard or solid, especially coal.
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    • 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 tightened
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    • 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.
  • 2.1The part at the lower end of the bow of a violin or similar instrument, with a screw for adjusting the tension of the hair.
  • 5 (nuts) • vulgar slang A man’s testicles.
  • 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 nut
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    • 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)

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  • 1 [with object] British informal Butt (someone) with one’s head: I thought he was going to nut me in the face
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    • 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.
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    • More affluent folks enjoyed nutting as recreation.
    • Bill Oddie said at the launch yesterday ‘We want everyone to get out and get nutting.’

Phrases

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 nut
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  • 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 movie
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  • 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.
Synonyms
practical details, basic details, fundamentals, basics, practicalities, essentials, mechanics
informal the nitty-gritty, the ins and outs, the brass tacks

off one's nut

informal Out of one’s mind; crazy.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.’

Derivatives

nut-like

adjective
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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.

Origin

Old English hnutu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch noot and German Nuss.

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