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(Australia, NZ) From the noun nut (informal, a person's head); to think or work something out in one's head.


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nut out (third-person singular simple present nuts out, present participle nutting out, simple past and past participle nutted out)

  1. (idiomatic, Australia, New Zealand) To find a solution for, to work out the finer details, especially in a group discussion.
    • 1965, William James Cameron, New Zealand, page 136,
      [] when he boasted that the finer points of glassmaking “had to be nutted out by Kiwis on the spot.”
    • 1982, Ronald Hugh Morrieson, Predicament, page 89,
      On the Monday afternoon, at about four o'clock, Mervyn said, “Well, we′re doing a lot of sitting around gas, gas, gas, but it seems to me we′ve got everything there is to nut out, nutted out. []
    • 1997, Paul Freeman, Ian Roberts: Finding Out, page 70,
      In ′86 Frank helped Ian nut out his first contract—$26,000 a year— [] .
    • 2003, Australian House of Representatives, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard): House of Representatives, Volume 259, page 22823,
      An inquiry takes place and more often than not all sides of politics — I should use ‘all’ rather than ‘both’ with the member for Cunningham sitting opposite — get together and nut out something, compromising a little bit here or there to come up with a final result.
    • 2010, Stefan Korn, Scott Lancaster, Eric Mooij, Being a Great Dad For Dummies, Australian & New Zealand Edition,page 273,
      Nutting out our own way of doing things may take some work, but we get there.
  2. (idiomatic, US) To become crazy, especially with rage.
    • 1981, Amiri Baraka, Black America and the Afro-American Nation: The Urban Voice, Michael C. Jaye, Ann Chalmers Watts (editors), Literature & the American Urban Experience: Essays on the City and Literature, page 156,
      There was also the Black political pimp syndrome where a few middle-class and bourgeois negroes got big off the people′s struggles, and then nutted out completely, joining forces with our enemies, as agents, messengers, sophisticated stool pigeons, professional confusers.
    • 1994, Eric Cummins, The Rise and Fall of California's Radical Prison Movement, page 254,
      The day we found out George Jackson was murdered he nutted out. I was there, at Shirley Sutherland′s house in Beverly Hills,* the afternoon we heard George Jackson was murdered, and he nutted out at this meeting, right there.
    • 2005, The Lincoln Lawyer, unnumbered page,
      I tried not to think about clients who were in prison without appellate hopes or anything else left but years of time in front of them to nut out.

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