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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NUTS

Dredge the fruits and nuts with flour and fold them into the mixture.

The first evening reading had been commenced with nuts and apples.

Beat, and when it begins to get thick, add the nuts and coconut.

Then stir in the graham flour, adding the nuts while kneading.

Do you suppose he'll ever think of the nuts again, or find them?

You see, it couldn't do him no good, and it was just nuts for them.

I hope the cracking and crunching of nuts doesn't disturb you much?

"Mendiants" are raisins and nuts, the nearest to dessert that at this season you could get at Garniers.

The navvies moved about half naked, and burned brown as nuts.

It is then they break the nuts to make bread of them by mixing with them the flour of Maiz.

WORD ORIGIN

"crazy," 1846, from earlier be nutts upon "be very fond of" (1785), which is possibly from nuts (plural noun) "any source of pleasure" (1610s), from nut (q.v.). Sense influenced probably by metaphoric application of nut to "head" (1846, e.g. to be off one's nut "be insane," 1860). Nuts as a derisive retort is attested from 1931.

Connection with the slang "testicle" sense has tended to nudge it toward taboo. "On the N.B.C. network, it is forbidden to call any character a nut; you have to call him a screwball." ["New Yorker," Dec. 23, 1950] "Please eliminate the expression 'nuts to you' from Egbert's speech." [Request from the Hays Office regarding the script of "The Bank Dick," 1940] This desire for avoidance accounts for the euphemism nerts (c.1925).

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