a nut having two flat, widely projecting pieces such that it can be readily tightened with the thumb and forefinger.
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How to use wing nut in a sentence
Their job is made easier by wing nut media heroes and even members of Congress who give comfort to their conspiracy theories.Wingnuts Excerpt—The Hatriots: Armed and Dangerous | John Avlon | March 30, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
The braces were removable, and Mac had loosened a single wing-nut to let the brace swing loose when he heard Johnny Ruiz's answer.Tight Squeeze | Dean Charles Ing
A handle taken from a worn-out faucet, drilled out and threaded for a bolt, makes a good wing nut.
This wire, when hooked into the wing nut, will enable one to wind up the film at a fairly uniform speed.
This is to take the place of a tripod, and it must have a small hole and suitable wing nut to attach the camera near the center.
“Close those shutters and screw down the wing-nut hard,” he said, hanging the lamp close beside the door.Lorimer of the Northwest | Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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