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    If somebody can explain the meaning of : " To fly over/into the cuckoo's nest." I've read somwhere long ago that cuckoos don't make their own nests. How come this idiom/saying.

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    "Cuckoo's nest" is usually used as a slang expression to mean a mental hospital or padded cell. Booby hatch, funny farm, nut house are all synonyms.

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    It's not an idiom. It's the title of a book

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's not an idiom. It's the title of a book

    Technically speaking, the book took its title from a children's rhyme/finger game:

    Wire, Brier, Limber Lock
    Three Geese in a Flock
    One Flew East
    One Flew West
    And one flew over the cuckoos nest!
    O-U-T spells out
    Goose swoops down and plucks you out!


    But "cuckoo's nest" is often used as a (not necessarily politically correct) synonym for a mental hospital.

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    As a footnote:

    "Going cuckoo" is a non-serious way of saying "going slightly and harmlessly mad".

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