(Variations: nutty may replace nuts) Very enthusiastic about; devoted to; crazy about: I think I’m nuts about you/ I’d be simply nutty about the quadrangles at Oxford
[1918+; fr British slang nutty, ”piquant, fascinating,” fr earlier sense ”rich, tasty, desirable, like the kernel of a delicious nut,” altered in slang to nuts and originally in the phrase nuts upon, found by 1785; the US form nuts about may be based on all this or on the notion crazy about, and probably on both]
noun 1. the essential or basic aspects: to learn the nuts and bolts of a new job. plural noun 1. (informal) the essential or practical details modifier : Berger’s nuts-and-bolts discussion of film-TV music noun phrase The fundamentals; the practical basics: the nuts and bolts of wildland preservation/ men who are dealing with the nuts […]
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[nuht-shel] /ˈnʌtˌʃɛl/ noun 1. the shell of a nut. Idioms 2. in a nutshell, in very brief form; in a few words: Just tell me the story in a nutshell. /ˈnʌtˌʃɛl/ noun 1. the shell around the kernel of a nut 2. in a nutshell, in essence; briefly n. c.1200, nute-scalen; see nut + shell […]
/ˈnʌtsəʊ/ adjective 1. (informal, mainly US) insane adjective Crazy; nutty: I have to keep up with 29 (mostly nutso) ballot initiatives/ drove each other nutsy with crashing self-confidence (first form 1975+, second 1923+)