Green’s Dictionary of Slang

nut n.1

1. in senses meaning ‘head’.

(a) (also top nut) the head of the penis.

T. Elyot Thesavrvs n.p.: Glans, ... the foreparte or nutte of a mans yerde.
[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Rabelais III 2: [It] hardens the Nut, and rectifies that Member.
[UK]Fifteen Real Comforts of Matrimony 101: The Surgeon that boasted that he had Nuts of Priapus’s anow (the spoils of venereal Combats) to button a Leaguer-Cloak, gives a woman sufficient warning to be careful of her husbands ware.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Shanker, a little Scab or Pox on the Nut or Glans of the Yard.
‘Captain Samuel Cock’ A Voyage to Lethe 6: Its figure towards the end is in the form of a large nut; and there is an aqueduct through it that terminates in a jette d’Eau.
J. Wall Plain directions, &c. for the cure of the venereal disease n.p.: CHAP. IV. Cure of the false Clap, or virulent discharge of Matter from the Nut of the Yard.
[UK]Randiana at asstr.org [Internet] Ch. xviii: Drawing back my foreskin until my best friend’s top nut stood out like a glistening globe.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 50: Pulling the foreskin up, I [...] washed all around the nut.
[US]in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 88: She rolled her gut against my nut / And told me not to mind her.
[US]Dr Dre ‘Big Ego’s’ [lyrics] Take yo’ honey and cruise to the snootiest snooze, Cabos / Pop coochie til the nut oozes.
[US]UGK ‘Choppin’ Blades’ [lyrics] Some nut-suckin’ hoes, I mean some dick-suckin’ pros.

(b) the head.

[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795) n.p.: mill his nott break his head.
[UK]Bell’s Life in London 22 Apr. 4/5: He contrived to hit Donovan heavily [...] closing his left eye and damaging his nut.
[UK]C. Selby London By Night I v: His doing a hornpipe on his nut upside down is the most wonderful effort of genius I ever witnessed!
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 29 Oct. 3/3: They have taken it especially into their ‘nuts’ to plague their neighbours.
[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 118: He told Verdant, that his claret had been repeatedly tapped, [...] his nut spanked, and his whole person put in chancery, stung, bruised, fibbed, propped, fiddled, slogged, and otherwise ill-treated.
[UK]M.E. Braddon Trail of the Serpent 60: ‘Will you have the kindness to explain what you mean by the prisoner having ‘a loose slate?’ ‘A tile off. Something wrong about the roof – the garret – the upper story – the nut.’.
[UK] ‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 501: Then he rammed my nut (head) against the wall and shook the very life out of me.
[US]Lantern (N.O.) 11 June 4: The Mayor got it into his nut that it was useless.
[UK]Kipling ‘Gunga Din’ in Barrack-Room Ballads (1893) 164: If we charged or broke or cut / You could bet your bloomin’ nut / ’E’d be waitin’ fifty paces right flank rear.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 28 Jan. 4/5: When he fired, however, he always missed the cocoanut, but he never missed his wife’s ‘nut’.
[US]F. Hutcheson Barkeep Stories 86: ‘[B]ein’ afraid I was goin’ t’ break me nut open agin de pavin’ blocks every time I has to dodge a bread wagon’.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 207: Paddy [...] would rub his nut well into the other fellow’s mouth.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 138: Git a little sense intuh yer nut.
[US]Daily Trib. (Bismarck, ND) 7 Jan. 8/6: ‘He started by giving me a biff on the nut.’ [London Answers].
[Aus]E.G. Dodd diary 30 Dec. [Internet] Marriott slipped and split his head [...] Had he not been blessed with an extraordinary thick skull, he would have most assuredly fractured his nut!
[Ire]S. O’Casey Plough and the Stars Act II: Feel that dint in th’ middle o’ me nut!
[UK]V. Davis Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 37: Don’t turn your nut Davis, I want to talk to you.
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 16: They can’t get it into their nuts that the modern actor is a substantial citizen.
[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 38: While the commissionaire’s nut was turned, Harry shot inside.
[UK](con. 1948–52) L. Thomas Virgin Soldiers 16: He’s got a blockage. Up here, in his nut.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 121: Bill [...] poked his nut out of the gaping windowless window.
[UK]R. Dahl Revolting Rhymes n.p.: Off with her nut! Off with her nut!
[UK]I. Welsh Filth 3: Now I’m sitting with a bad nut and Toal’s thriving on this.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 34: It used to go round and around in my nut.

(c) brains, intelligence.

[US]H. Green Maison De Shine 66: Ain’t you got any nut?
[US]G. Bronson-Howard Enemy to Society 37: You’re young and you’ve got a good nut on you and nuthin’ agin you.
[US]H.L. Wilson Professor How Could You! 148: Of course the poor fish (demented person) ought to be in some good booby-hatch (hoosegow) where the nut-sharps (alienists) could watch him.
[US]D. Maurer Big Con 143: You’ve got to have your nut about you all the time.

(d) the head, as used to butt someone in a fight.

[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 162: Apart from the knee and the nut.
[UK]Guardian 16 July 24: He loved to put the nut in. He used to do it deliberately, usually in the first round.

(e) (Aus.) in a game of two-up, the head side of the coin.

[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 150: Bets are won or lost on whether the result is two heads (skulls, nuts, neds); two tails (two micks), or one of each (ones).

2. an action that is intended to give pleasure, something positive [the pleasant flavour of a nut or nuts n.1 (1)].

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Henley & Stevenson Deacon Brodie III tab.VI ii: Here’s a nut for the Crown Prosecutor! I’m a bit of a party to a robbery.

3. with ref. to a person [ext. use of sense 1, often with an implied pun on ‘tough’, i.e. tough nut to crack].

(a) a person, a fellow .

[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 10 Feb. 119: ‘Where do you expect to go to?’ ‘For a lark on the forest, to be sure, my jolly old nut.’.
[UK]W. Pett Ridge Mord Em’ly 72: His worship says that you’re a bad nut.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘The Protean Policeman’ Sporting Times 26 Nov. 1/3: Some ‘nuts’ from Pincher’s Alley, out for trade, / Were just holding up a toff, and clearing his ‘skyrockets’ out.
[UK]Wodehouse ‘Extricating Young Gussie’ Man with Two Left Feet 26: The poor old nut looked at me in such a deuced cat-like way.
[US]M.E. Smith Adventures of a Boomer Op. 37: The Nut that sat in the seat behind me in the other car, slid in beside me.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 800: Who the hell would listen to an old nut like Ike.
[UK]P. Terson Night to Make the Angels Weep (1967) II xii: Oh. Caulibloodyflowers, you’re a funny nut.
[US]T. Thackrey Thief 197: I just had to get another hinge at this lawyer-nut.
[Ire](con. 1930s) L. Redmond Emerald Square 278: We were, twice a week, turned over to another nut, where I learnt about the Doric order and the Corinthian order.

(b) a daredevil.

[UK]E.E. Morris Austral Eng. 324/2: Nut, n. (2) Dare-devil, etc. ‘Tommy the Nut’ was the alias of the prisoner who, according to the story, was first described as ‘a larrikin’ by Sergeant Dalton.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 104: NUT: slang a hard case, a wit, or tough character.
[US]L. Jenkins in Heller In This Corner (1974) 237: I was just thinking what a nut I was.

(c) see knut n.

4. (Aus.) a horse that is hard to break in [abbr. hard nut n.].

[Aus]Singleton Argus (NSW) 22 Dec. 1/3: Witness knew the horse was a ‘bit of a nut,’ and hot tempered; he had been tackled about two months ago, but had to be let off, as he crippled himself.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.

5. with ref. to money [SE nut, as being the heart of the fruit; such money is at the heart of a project, a relationship etc.].

(a) (US, orig. entertainment) the initial outlay, overheads, expenses; the break-even sum, as in a theatre production or film, after which profit starts.

[US]H. Green Mr. Jackson 51: He’s there wit’ the nut to fix up a minin’ graft.
[US]W. Irwin Confessions of a Con Man 81: The ‘nut’ [...] is the general term, among gamblers, for the expense account.
[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl. 62: nut [...] used by grafters whose operations involve an investment to signify an expense incurred in connection with a venture. Example: ‘The grift was punk; we were framed five strong and never got the nut off.’.
[US]W. Winchell On Broadway 3 Sept. [synd. col.] Warners [...] cut its staff in hblf to ‘keep down the nut’.
[US](con. 1905–25) E.H. Sutherland Professional Thief (1956) 35: The nut (expenses) must come off the top of every touch.
[US]W. Winchell 15 Mar. [synd. col.] A nut, in his language, doesn’t grow on trees at all. It’s the operating expense of an enterprise, a concession at some joint.
[US]D. Dressler Parole Chief 263: ‘The nut comes off the top’ is saying among the brethren. When stolen articles are cashed in all expenses must be taken care of before the cut is made.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 264: With my pad rent and a pad apiece for the girls I needed [...] to cut down my nut.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 201: His weekly nut for stable logistics and his own support [...] was close to five grand.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 106: Nut – the expenses incurred by thieves whilst setting up and carrying out a theft.
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 22: He had no nut beyond the taxes and utilities.

(b) (US) any required sum, a pay-off.

[US]Wash. Times (DC) 14 Sept. 10/4: Nut – Credit.
[US]M.A. Gill Und. Sl. n.p.: My nut – my share.
[US] ‘Und. “Lingo” Brought Up-to-Date’ L.A. Times 8 Nov. K16: NUT: A debt; the cost; credit.
[US]I. Shulman Cry Tough! 59: But what sort of a nut was fourteen hundred bucks in 1947? Nothing more than a whisper in a strong wind.
[US]H. Gold Man Who Was Not With It (1965) 183: We were leaving the show tomorrow for a week, planning to spend a good part of our nut [...] taking a vacation.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 121: I’m not studying no oil-burner of a habit and a hundred-dollar nut every day.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 98: They pay off the whole nut.
[US]Pileggi & Scorsese Goodfellas [film script] 81: It’s once in a lifetime. We’ll be rich. No more nut every week.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 13: Joe pimped her [...] to make up the nut when he shot more dope than he could sell.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 45: His window-cleaning salary wouldn’t come anywhere near covering his gambling nut.

(c) (US Und.) protection money paid to corrupt policemen.

[US]P. Maas Serpico 177: Serpico would still collect his ‘nut’ or share, of the 7th Division pad.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 106: Nut [...] 2. a bribe given to a public official.

(d) the sum of money actually borrowed, as opposed to the interest that accrues on it.

[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 65: That’s either vig plus sixteen off the nut, or it’s five weeks to raise the eighteen.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 106: Nut [...] 3. the principal sum loaned by a loan shark.

In compounds

nutcracker (n.)

see separate entry.

nut-cut (adj.)

see separate entries.

nut ducker (n.) [note Aus. cattleman use duck his nut, of a horse, to (put its head down and) buck]

(Aus.) one who deliberately ignores a friend in the street.

[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxvi 4/2: nut ducker: One who avoids persons he is obliged to. To duck one’s nut is to hide the head.
‘OzSlang’ at austarmetro.com.au [Internet] NUT DUCKER Person who pretends not to see you in the street!
nut-hook (n.)

a weapon, prob. a bludgeon.

[UK] late 17C ballad quoted in Sporting World 19 Apr. 49/2: All my learning I got at St Giles’s pound / Where the nut-hook they taught me to handle quick.
nut-job (n.)

a head-butt.

[UK]T. Black Gutted 189: A head butt was aimed at me [...] There’s only one way to deal with a nut job. I dropped my own head.
nut topper (n.)

a hat.

[UK]Flash Mirror 20: F. Felt’s swell tile and nob-thatching warehouse, where is daily on sale [...] rummy sconsers, cannister kivers, and nut toppers of every sort.
nut worker (n.) [the use of one’s brain to do this]

(Aus.) one who works out ways of avoiding hard work; thus ext. as a white-collar worker.

[Aus]Aussie (France) IX Dec. 23/1: The best nut-worker sometimes comes a gutzer.
[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 212: NUTWORKER, a: a Shirker.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 236/2: nut worker – a person who uses his head to avoid hard work.

In phrases

do one’s nut (v.) (also do the nut)

to lose one’s temper, to lose emotional control, to get worked up.

[Aus]Aussie (France) VII Sept. 7/1: Then Dinkum fell in love. It was the joke of the Batt. Dinkum had done his nut on a Tabby!
[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 20: do the nut — Lose one’s head.
[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 79: Do One’s Nut, To: To lose one’s head.
[Aus]Mirror (Perth) 6 Nov. 12/3: I’m sorry if I did my nut, Your Honor.
[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 24: Anyone who watched him might think that he’d done his nut or something the way he was going on.
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: Hello! Our little blue-eyed signaller doing his nut now.
[UK]Mersey Beat 20 June–4 July n.p.: The Beatles did their nuts because Stu was playing with us.
[UK]J. McClure Snake 275: He’ll also do his nut!
[UK]A. Bleasdale ‘Jobs for the Boys’ in Boys from the Blackstuff (1985) [TV script] 69: Snowy’ll do his bleedin’ nut when he sees that.
[UK]I. Welsh Filth 262: Toal’s doing his nut at me.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 9: Better no have [a girlfriend], or that wee Hazel’ll be daein’ her nut.
do someone’s nut in (v.)

to drive someone mad.

[SA]H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 129: ‘Who has done in his nut?’ one convict asked (quite a creditable piece of prison slang, incidentally, for a first offender).
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 211: This crowd in here are startin tae dae my nut in.
get a nut (at) (v.)

(UK Und.) to get a sight of.

[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 7: It was easy to blend in [to the crowd] and get a good nut at the security guards’ routines.
get someone’s nut (v.)

to tease, to ‘wind up’.

[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 15: Mortimer loves all that dramatic fuck-about, getting your nut.
go off one’s nut (v.)

to go mad, to lose emotional control.

[UK]G.R. Sims Dagonet Ballads 76: It’s all very well for the rich [...] to go off their nuts about ladies as dies for young fellers as fights.
Hawaii Holomua Progress 30 Apr. 2/1: Off His Nut. The editor of the Advertiser tries [...] to manipulate the registration figures.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 110: The boss’ll go off his nut.
[US]S. Ford Torchy 239: But while he can get as hot under the collar as anyone [...] he don’t go clear off his nut any of the time.
[NZ]P. Howden letter in Phillips, Boyack & Malone Great Adventure (1988) 10 Nov. 163: I think I should go clean off my nut if a day should pass without a word from you.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 4 May 6/2: Right there Pierce flew off his nut [...] Angered he deliberately threw his bat.
[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 18: He goes off his simple nut. He forgets who he is.
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 136: I’d go off my nut if I looked at things with a clear eye.
[Aus]J. Cleary Sundowners 240: Look at him. You’d think he was ready to go off his nut.
[UK]B. Hill Boss of Britain’s Underworld 136: When I returned to Bovingdon the Commy was going off his nut.
[UK]F. Norman Guntz 16: It was generally thought around the manor that I must have gone off my nut.
[UK]K. Lette Foetal Attraction (1994) 144: Don’t go off your nut.
[US]C. Black ‘Topless Vampire Bitches’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds) Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] All sorts of rumors flyin’ around that he’d gone off his nut.
lose one’s nut (v.)

to lose emotional control; to act without thinking.

[US]A.H. Lewis ‘Mulberry Mary’ in Sandburrs 9: So when Billy sees Mary at Connorses spiel, like I say, she’s such a bute he loses his nut.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Dec. 14/1: Locket lost his nut in the hour of need, and, instead of swarming the fence, turned and fled along it, with streaming whiskers and projecting eyes.
[US]R. Etting ‘Could I? I Certainly Could!’ [lyrics] No more will I lose my nut / Over movie stars, sheiks in Packard cars, / I hate all the men!
[US]D. Runyon ‘Butch Minds the Baby’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 352: He loses his nut, and he outs with the old equalizer.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 201: The guy’d lost his nut.
make the nut (v.)

(US) to achieve a target, to have a sufficiency.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 135/1: Make the nut. To clear expenses and show a profit on a transaction.
[US]H.S. Thompson Hell’s Angels (1967) 191: We were received in camp with cheers and shouting. Our eight cases made the nut.
[US](con. 1945) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 335: There was the anxious eagerness of enterprise that had yet to make its nut.
nod the nut (v.)

1. (Aus./N.Z., also duck the nut, ...the scone, ...the skull, give it the nod, nod one’s head, ...the head, ...the scone, ...the skull) to plead guilty.

[Escve. News (Sydney) 20 Apr. 4/6: It is the almost invariable custom of the denizens, of the dock at the City Police Courts simply to nod the head when pleading guiltyn to an offence, which bow of obeisance is always perfectly well understood by the officer in charge of the court].
[Aus]Sun. Mail (Brisbane) 13 Nov. 20/8: Once he is arrested a criminal signifies his intention of pleading guilty, if he should decide to do so, by ‘ducking his nut’.
[Aus]Wkly Times (Melbourne) 7 May 21/5: ‘How many have you against me? Get them all on at once and I will probably nod the head (plead guilty)’.
[Aus]Age (Melbourne) 19 Aug. 13/5: When Senior Constable Jackson said; ‘Supposing we cut the charge down to being unlawfully on the premises, would you ‘nod the nut’’ He replied that he would not.
Shepparton Advertiser (Vic.) 30 Aug. 4/4: Later witness was called to the cell by Molone who said ‘I think I’ll nod the head to it,’ He was then taken to the office where he said he would take the blame for the house-breaking.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 23 June 22/3: Det.-Sgt. F, Lynch, at Quarter Sessions: The accused said he would nod the head. Mr. Harold Munro: You mean ‘Duck the Nut,’ ‘Duck the Scone,’ plead guilty? Det.-Sgt. Lynch: Yes .
[Aus]Cessnock Eagle (NSW) 4 Oct. 4/2: They took a picture to identify me. / Then forty demons said ‘just nod your head and you’ll be free’ / So I pleaded ‘Guilty’ just like a ‘gay’ / Now I’m a boarder out at Long Bay.
[US]News (Adelaide) 1 July 5/3: ‘He wants to jack up, but his mouthpiece drums him to nod the nut, and he cops the clock in boob’ .
[Aus]Examiner (Launceston, Tas.) 4 Sept. 6/4: Farrell had also said, ‘If you don’t lock me up at the week-end I’ll come back on Monday and ‘nod the scone’’ That phrase, Det. Duncan said, usually meant plead guilty.
[Aus]Morn. Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) 7 Dec. 5/2: Detective Dux said that when the defendant was charged he said, ‘A man missed badly, didn’t he? But I nearly got away with it. But I won’t nod the head; I’ll give you a run for it’.
[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxvi 4/2: nod the nut: Plead guilty, nod the noodle up and down that you did it.
[Aus]J. Alard He who Shoots Last 140: Well, dey sez I done it and wuz gonna do a stretch fer it, but I sez I ain’t gonna nod me head.
[Aus]Canberra Times (ACT) 28 Oct. 40/1: Leslie Edward Lewis had ‘flicked’ a note to him in prison which read, ‘10 big ones to nod your head or know anyone who will, OK’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Apr. 44: ‘Nod your nut. Pig?’ ‘No chance. The jacks gave me a nice load and tidied me up with verbal for desert. No way I’ll get my head down to a load.’.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 251: nod (n) e.g., Give it the –. Plead guilty.
B. Wanton Copspeak 1 23: Duck the Nut: Same as nod the ‘scone’, ‘the head’, ‘skull’ etc., to plead guilty.

2. (Aus., also nod one’s head) to place a bet with a bookmaker on credit.

Nat. Advocate (Bathurst) 5 Sept. 3/4: Supposing a bookmaker was calling out ‘2 to 1 Pericles,’ and you nodded your head, what would the bookmaker put down. Would he book you £100 to £50, or £20 to £10, or what would he do .
[Aus]Age (Melbourne) 12 July 7/8: Accused had been fortunate in striking ‘Tatt’s’ for £3000. But he had lost it all at the races by a nod of his head to the bookmakers. (Laughter.) ‘Perhaps the bench does not understand,’ he added. ‘You go to the racecourse, and nod your head to the bookmakers, but sometimes you nod your head too much.
[Aus]Truth (Perth) 30 Dec. 2/1: When Alf. Levy [...] ‘nodded his nut’ with Eddie Oates for a £200 bet to win £160, the race looked a foregone conclusion.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 25 Feb. 5/2: His seventh at the finish shouldn’t encourage Ned Moss to plonk too much of the roll on him next time. Ned nodded the nut till the son of Valaas was favorite on Saturday.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 3 Dec. 5/7: At this price the money was shovelled on, however, and the bulk of it did not come from cash punters either. Men who ‘nod the nut’ did the business. In one fielder’s ledger only two cash bets appeared in a string of bets.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 9 Oct. 3/4: When that race comes due you can roll up the sleeves, get out the pencil and start nodding the nut with gay abandon.
nut (it) out (v.)

1. (Aus.) to think it over, to work out.

[Aus]Aussie (France) IX Dec. 5/2: Dempsey stared and glared, and swore at the thing, and tried to ‘nut it out.’.
[UK](con. WWI) in Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words.
[Aus]K. Tennant Joyful Condemned 38: A life sentence, a full hand, is fifteen years — with remissions. Just nut that out.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 30: An’ when yer gets ter the station, turn right. No. Yer wouldn’t know how ter nut ut out. I’ll meet yer.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Cop This Lot 14: ‘Wot’s this trip gunna cost?’ ‘Haven’t nutted ut out yet.’.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 78: These archaeology ginks had nutted it out.
[Aus]A. Buzo Rooted II i: We’ll nut it out together, me and Simmo. It’ll all be taken care of.
[Aus]R. Aven-Bray Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 9: He took his pen and ink to a Cain and Abel and plonked himself into a Fred Astaire and tried to nut out a plan for the day.
[Aus]T. Winton Human Torpedo 119: They sat around nutting out problems.
[Aus]S. Maloney Sucked In 153: I’ll have a chat with my electorate officer, nut out a list, have her call you back.

2. to notice (someone).

[Aus] A. Bergen ‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] I’m not surprised my quarry nutted me out first, tiptoed up behind me and conked me on the skull.
nut on (v.) (US)

1. to attack physically; to abuse verbally.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 93: Nut on Someone To verbally abuse, intimidate, physically challenge or attack a person.

2. (also nut up) to ignore; to be silent.

[US]C. Cooper Jr Farm (1968) 83: I knew the guy was some kind of little prick. I nutted on him for a longtime. [Ibid.] 194: Thankfully the doctor turned and I had the chance to nut up completely.
nut out (v.)

(US black) to go mad, whether literally or metaphorically.

[US]C. Cooper Jr Farm (1968) 170: A lotta guys starting looking at the tops of their shoes, nutting out completely.
[UK]J. Carr Bad (1995) 129: The patients in the ward were just having a healthy reaction to the insane environment of the pen, by either nutting out or pretending to.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 145: nut out To lose your temper, as in losing control of your nut or head.
nuts of Priapus (v.)

pustules indicating a case of venereal disease.

[UK]Fifteen Real Comforts of Matrimony 97: The Surgeon that boasted that he had Nuts of Priapus enow (the spoils of venereal Combats) to button a leaguer-cloak gives a woman sufficient wearning to be careful of her husbands ware.
nut up (v.)

to lose one’s temper completely, to go berserk.

[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 63: He’s just going to nut up when he hears that.
[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 38: nutted up [...] ‘Bitch nutted up on me and threw chop-suey in my face.’.
[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 180: He went all the way off [...] What makes ya think he won’t nut up again.
[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Nut up: Go crazy, become enraged.
[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 386: He nutted up. They got him on the dink ward, puped full of Haldol.
off one’s nut (adj.)

1. drunk.

[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).
[UK]London Standard 13 Dec. 3/3: He is all Mops and Brooms, or Off His Nut.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[US]Salt Lake Herald (UT) 30 Mar. 4/5: He is [...] off his nut.
[US]M.G. Hayden ‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in DN IV:iii 220: off one’s nut, drunk.
[UK]‘William Juniper’ True Drunkard’s Delight.
[US]R. Price Lush Life 127: Last night [...] I was off my nut. Ike and that other guy were actually holding me up .

2. mad.

[UK]Sl. Dict. 239: Nut to be ‘off one’s NUT,’ to be crazed or idiotic.
[US]Salt Lake Herald (UT) 14 June 1/3: Rosecranz is ‘off his nut’ about the Ocean Shore Railroad; he is befogged and befooled.
[UK]H. Nisbet ‘Bail Up!’ 149: I wish I had stopped mad [...] that year I was off my nut was like one short day spent in the Mahometan’s paradise.
Norfolk Wkly News (NE) 4 Jan. 2/3: ‘He’s off his nut,’ sed one man.
[UK]E. Pugh Spoilers 37: Thank your horrible god I’m busy ’ere with this pore gel you’ve drove off her nut.
[UK]C. Holme Lonely Plough (1931) 226: Going clean off his nut, I reckon!
[US]W.R. Burnett Little Caesar (1932) 153: If you think you can muscle into this joint you’re off your nut.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 193: I thought she would go off her nut completely.
[UK]‘Henry Green’ Caught (2001) 159: Skirt, eh? Well that’s sent many a good man off his nut.
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 216: My bum, he’s off his nut.
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 51 You know that preacher’s off his nut.
[UK]E. Bond Saved Scene ii: I wonder it never sent yer off yer nut.
[US]O. Hawkins Ghetto Sketches 35: Are you off your nut?
[US]J. Wambaugh Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 94: I was just off my nut for a while.
[Ire]G. Coughlan Everyday Eng. and Sl. [Internet] Off your nut (v): crazy – ‘That fella’s off his nut’.
[UK]J. Niven Kill Your Friends (2009) 73: Off his nut on the nosebag.

3. infatuated, obsessive, very enthusiastic.

[UK]M.E. Braddon Strangers and Pilgrims I 280: There are the men who go off their nuts by the time they’re worth a million or so, and cut their throats for fear of dying in a workhouse .
[US]H. Garland Eagle’s Heart 47: He considered them ‘a little off their nut’, that is to say, fanatic.
[US]J. Lait Gangster Girl 130: Some good-lookin’ chippy at you to get in wit’ you till you’re off your nut over her an’ trust her, an’—bam!
[US]Hecht & Fowler Great Magoo 127: He’s off his nut about me.

4. angry.

[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 148: Jarvis, he kind of colored up at that, but he didn’t go off his nut.
off the nut

(US) free from debt; into profit.

[US] in Life 31 July 24: He expects to be off the nut (even) by the Fair’s end.
[US]F. Brown Fabulous Clipjoint (1949) 119: ‘What’s the nut?’ ‘The overhead, kid. Say your expenses on a concession run thirty bucks a day; well, you’re on the nut until you’ve taken in that much. The rest of it is profit; you’re off the nut.’.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 148/1: Off the nut. 1. Financially sound, all expenses having been cleared, and all future revenues to be considered as net profit; free from monetary obligations.
[US]N. Bogner 7th Avenue 361: Well, how does it feel to get off the nut.
on the nut (US)

1. in debt, out of pocket.

[US]A.H. Lewis Apaches of N.Y. 142: Th’ trip [...] leaves me on the nut for twelve hundred bones.
[US]H.C. Witwer Yes Man’s Land 30: This flop had put the merry boxer on the nut for sixty thousand bucks.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 138: On the Nut. – Out of funds.
[US]F. Brown Fabulous Clipjoint (1949) 119: ‘What’s the nut?’ ‘The overhead, kid. Say your expenses on a concession run thirty bucks a day; well, you’re on the nut until you’ve taken in that much. The rest of it is profit; you’re off the nut.’.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 146/2: Nut, on the. In poor financial straits; compelled to draw upon one’s investment, expense, or emergency money; living on credit.
[US] ‘Konky Mohair’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 103: As facts are mattered, his luck was shattered, / For he was what you’d call ‘on the nut.’.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 15: Out in the Water In debt. (Archaic: in the barrel, in the hole, on the nut).

2. unemployed.

[US]Winick & Kinsie Lively Commerce 173: My old man is on the nut (out of work) and I can’t get any other job except looking at the ceiling (prostitution).
out of one’s nut [note earlier off one’s nut ]

1. crazy.

[US] in W.R. Burnett Best 499: I cried like I was goin’ outa my nut [HDAS].
[US]L. Bruce How to Talk Dirty 156: You’re out of your nut.
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 64: You must really be outta your fucking nut!

2. intoxicated, either through drink or, later, drugs.

[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 186: I’m outta my nut, man.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 202: Try being here at three in the morning [...] everyone outta their nut, shitfaced.
put the nut in (v.) (also put in the nut)

(Irish) to headbutt.

[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: That’s how you want them when you’re putting in the nut. Up there. Bigger than yourself.
[Ire]T. Murphy Whistle in the Dark Act I: These two English blokes – one of them putting the nut into Des.
stick the nut on (v.) (also put a/the head on)

to hit with one’s head.

[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 270: It’s themselves knows we’d put a head on ivery mother’s son ov’em if they interfare wid the divarshins o’ gentlemen.
[UK]I. Rankin Wolfman 50: For tuppence, he’d get up and stick the nut on the copper.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 43: I stuck the nut on him and broke his nose.
[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 245: He put the head on Jake and bust his snitch.
use one’s nut (v.)

to think, to act intelligently, to work things out.

[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 210: Use y’ nut a bit this time or you’ll get the bullet.
[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 31: All he had to do was use his nut.
[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 51: I use me nut.
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 67: Now that’s usin’ yuh nut, Cookie.
[UK]N. Cohn Yes We have No 278: Anyone that’s willing to use his nut [...] they can write their own ticket.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

put the nuts on (v.) [i.e. one ‘turns a screw’]

(US prison) to threaten or intimidate, physically and/or verbally.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 170/2: Put the nuts on. To apply pressure or force.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 91: Bulldoggin’ […] verbal harassment as well as a physical and or verbal intimidation […] (Archaic: put the arm on, put the nuts on).