off one's nut

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off one's nut (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly UK, dated in US, idiomatic) Insane, crazy.
    • 1909, P. G. Wodehouse, Mike: A Public School Story, ch. 17:
      Old Smith was awfully bucked because he'd taken four wickets. I should think he'd go off his nut if he took eight ever.
    • 1914, Zane Grey, The Rustlers of Pecos County, ch. 13:
      "[I]f I was to spring this news in Mr. Wright's hearin', why, such a sensitive, high-tempered gentleman as he would go plumb off his nut."
    • 1918, Rex Ellingwood Beach, The Winds of Chance, ch. 11:
      "Look at them rapids ahead of us! Why, the guy that laid out this river was off his nut!"

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