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Dead nuts

Posted by James Briggs on September 15, 2005

In Reply to: Dead nuts posted by Ric on September 15, 2005

: Where did the term of "dead nuts" come from and what does it refer to?

'Nuts' has long been used to describe someone who's a little crazy (I don't know the origin of this use). 'Dead' is often used as a strenghtening adjective - 'dead centre', 'dead cert', 'dead right', etc. Thus, 'dead nuts' is someone who's more than a little crazy.