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wing nut

or wingnut

a nut having two flat, widely projecting pieces such that it can be readily tightened with the thumb and forefinger.
Also called butterfly nut, thumbnut.
Origin of wing nut
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This wire, when hooked into the wing nut, will enable one to wind up the film at a fairly uniform speed.

British Dictionary definitions for wing nut

wing nut

a threaded nut tightened by hand by means of two flat lugs or wings projecting from the central body Also called butterfly nut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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