Wing nut

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A wing nut helps fasten a bolt. It is similar to a standard machine nut and threaded in the same way, but is equipped with a pair of "wings" that make it possible to grip the nut with the fingers; wing nuts are intended to be tightened with fingers rather than with a wrench.

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Wing nut is also used by liberals as derogatory term for a person they perceive to hold strongly right-wing political beliefs.