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Nutty as a cuckoo clock

Posted by ESC on November 08, 2005

In Reply to: Nutty as a cuckoo clock posted by RRC on November 08, 2005

: : has anyone heard of the phrase nutty as a cuckoo clock? I'd like to know how that one came about.

: "Nutty as a cuckoo", yes. But Googling the exact phrase "as a cuckoo clock" reveals only one "crazy" hit, most of the rest that are idiomatic refer to "dependable", "reliable", "mechanical", etc. I think you've run into someone who's mixing their metaphors. RRC

Nutty as a fruitcake. And:

NUTTIER THAN A ONE-POUND JAR OF JIF -- "If we operate under the assumption that he was just nuttier than a one-pound jar of Jif, we're making a mistake that could get us killed." (Jif is a brand of peanut butter.) From "By the Light of the Moon" by Dean Koontz, Bantam Books, New York, 2002.