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Chiefly in:   right-wind , left-wind , wind-nut

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • Your gross stupidity and parochial in-bred attitudes are alarming — even for a right-wind nut (Right Wing Nut House, blog comment, May 3, 2005)
  • His government was preceded by a left-wind government who attempted to negotiate with the Palestinian side and their answer was a huge outbreak of violence. (Political Crossfire forum, Oct 17, 2004)
  • The only good thing that will come out of this being substantiated is being able to watch the wind nuts try to spin it. (USCHO forum, July 2, 2005)
  • No, this has nothing to do with a “good ole boys club” so you left-wind feminists can calm down. (The Chronicle of Higher Education, forum post, Nov 29, 2004)
  • Catholicism and right-wind politics expurge any serious debate on this issue. (Guardian News blog, comment, February 22, 2005)

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I found this reinterpretation puzzling at first because the adjectives _right-wing_ and _left-wing_ aren’t particularly obscure. It probably relies on the metaphor of the political wind that blows from a particular direction.

| link | entered by Chris Waigl, 2005/10/14 |


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    Commentary by Ken Lakritz , 2005/10/15 at 11:33 pm

    ‘beery-eyed’ for ‘bleary-eyed.’ To be bleary eyed is to have ‘dull or reddened eyes as from exhaustion or lack of sleep.’ Or from beer. 600 ghits vs 400k ghits. Examples:

    There is no seeing him unshaven and beery eyed in the morning.…

    I can’t tell you how many beery-eyed guys with funny fez hats knocked on my door
    in the middle of the night, but they did not receive a very warm reception.…

    His heel crushed like velvet through the alien’s smug beery-eyed stare. It
    snarled menacingly and whispered invitingly, “Naughty human!

    You need t’hook up with Master Templeman and come on over to this
    side of th’Pond and we’ll all get beery-eyed in Manhattan together.…

    … ‘This is London in all its rain-sodden, beery-eyed,nervy exhilaration’……

    “If you’re going to support a losing team,” was the sage council given me by a
    beery-eyed sportsman with a Coventry parlance, “it’s best to lose to Brazil.…

    The original idea to reincarnate one of the H-boats was the beery eyed result of
    brainstorming by:. Bruce MacGowan; Gary Rockwell and; Mike Crutchlow ……

    “Some beery-eyed mariners even said they could see the skeletal faces of crewmen
    staring blankly out the pilothouse windows!”…

    Demigods to the masses of beery-eyed supporters, pinups to any 12-year-old boy,
    and any mother’s pride and joy.…

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