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a nut having two flat, widely projecting pieces such that it can be readily tightened with the thumb and forefinger.
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Also called butterfly nut, thumbnut.
Origin of wing nut
First recorded in 1895–1900
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How to use wing nut in a sentence
His views might be extreme, but he did not come off as a wingnut while presenting them.Barry Goldwater, Father of the Tea Party|Nicolaus Mills|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) is a grifter and a wingnut, but is he possibly a felon too?Ethics Office Sees Evidence Republican Congressman Broke the Law|Ben Jacobs|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He's still out there trying to pump up the Tea Party wingnut vote.Virginia Is for Sanity Lovers|Michael Tomasky|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This idea is really the spawn of Mark Levin, the wingnut radio host, who has (of course) written a book about it.Mark Levin's Nutty Constitutional Convention Idea|Michael Tomasky|August 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Well, we learned something new about what's going on in wingnut land.The Obama Press Conference|Michael Tomasky|April 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It has no latch and the throttle lever is held in any desired setting by the wingnut and quadrant shown in figure 18.The 'Pioneer': Light Passenger Locomotive of 1851|John H. White
British Dictionary definitions for wing nut
a threaded nut tightened by hand by means of two flat lugs or wings projecting from the central bodyAlso called: butterfly nut
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