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Whatever came up—a screwball flying saucer or a berserk psycho waving a gun.

"This is what I got out of checking all the screwball factories I could reach personal and by mail," Clocker said.

WORD ORIGIN

"eccentric person," 1933, U.S. slang, earlier as a type of erratic baseball pitch (1928), from a still earlier name for a type of delivery in cricket (1866), from screw (n.) + ball (n.1). Screwball comedy is attested from 1938, in reference to Carole Lombard.

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