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Idioms for Insanity

Fill the blanks in these idioms that mean "crazy".
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First submittedAugust 6, 2013
Last updatedOctober 30, 2013
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Idiom
Has a screw loose
Has bats in the belfry
Around the bend
Touched in the head
Lost one's marbles
Not playing with a full deck
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One beer short of a six pack
Howling at the moon
Basket case
Off one's rocker
Stark raving mad
Took leave of one's senses
Idiom
Mad as a hatter
Cuckoo for Coco Puffs
The elevator doesn't reach the top floor
The lights are on, but nobody's home
Off the deep end
Nutty as a fruit cake
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level 58
Sep 24, 2013
He's one sandwich short of a picnic.
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level 49
Jan 13, 2017
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level 75
Nov 5, 2018
I always heard it as "One ant short of a picnic."
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level 58
May 15, 2019
Hey young BlackLab
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level 58
Oct 29, 2013
Never heard of the Coco Puffs one. Never heard of Coco Puffs! Got the rest though.
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level 59
Jul 2, 2014
American breakfast cereal. It's been a slogan for 50 years.
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level 62
Jan 13, 2017
Tried 'Crazy for Coco Puffs' and 'Loco for Coco Puffs', both of which sound way better than the actual answer, which I'd never heard of.
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level 68
Nov 5, 2018
The cereal's mascot is a cartoon cuckoo bird, hence the slogan. It doesn't make any more or less sense than a tiger selling frosted flakes, a toucan selling Froot Loops, or a pirate selling whatever Cap'n Crunch is supposed to be.
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level 67
Jan 15, 2017
Never heard th Coco Puffs one either though, I have heard of the cereal. Heard Attic and Loft used in place of Belfry
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level 54
Mar 22, 2019
Yea tried attic (thrn head, brain, mind..) i have no clue what a belfry is haha (non-english speaker, i guess it is where they fry bells ;))
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level 76
Oct 29, 2013
Got 100%, though I think some of these mean that a person is dim-witted or stupid, not insane.
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level 32
Oct 29, 2013
Good point.
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level 78
Jan 13, 2017
Spot on, kal.
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level 76
Mar 21, 2019
You could fix it with a title change: Idioms for Mentally Impaired
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level 35
Oct 29, 2013
Can you accept lift for elevator? I damn near missed that one until I remembered most american things on here don't have british alternatives as acceptable answers >_
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level ∞
Oct 30, 2013
Okay, "lift" will work now.
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level 14
Oct 29, 2013
funny how "nut" works for off one's rocker
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level 61
Nov 1, 2013
Although some of these are references to insanity, some are comments on intelligence, such as "the lights are on but nobody's home".
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level 75
Apr 12, 2016
Agreed.
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level 36
Feb 13, 2015
loved this! Reminds me of the 60s. Those were used daily then.
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level 67
Nov 7, 2015
Good quiz, but I think 'Off the deep end' is not so much meaning insanity as 'Angry'.
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level 58
Jun 15, 2016
Definitely, at least here in the UK.
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level 20
Sep 9, 2018
I've heard it used for both :)
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level 41
Nov 5, 2018
Agreed, I’m a Brit and I’ve only ever heard that used over here to mean angry. For insanity, ‘away with the show folk’ is my personal favourite :P
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level 50
Nov 5, 2018
I've never heard 'away with the show folk' but do like 'away with the fairies'
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level 51
Jan 2, 2017
Can we except nuts or bolts for has a screw loose. I tried both twice.
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level 60
Jan 13, 2017
In German there's this idiom: Doesn't have all the cups in the cupboard.
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level 67
Jan 13, 2017
Basket-case is not really representing insanity. The term comes from the mobile beds made out of cane like a pram with two large wheels (like bike wheels) that were used for injured and wounded patients or soldiers. Being brought back to UK by ship in the olden days soldier patients were rated as 'Walking wounded' or 'Basket Cases).
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level 41
Nov 5, 2018
I wonder if it came to mean insanity from some of them having shell shock as well as physical injuries??
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level 68
Nov 5, 2018
That may be where the expression originated, but "basket case" as a term referring to insanity has been in use for several decades at least. One of Green Day's big hits from the mid-90's was all about it.
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level 64
Jan 13, 2017
Done with 2:18 left. Not sure if I've heard or dealt more of these...
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level 60
Jan 13, 2017
Great timing for re-posting! We'll be needing all of these in next 4 years!!
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level 52
Jan 14, 2017
Round the 'at rack. (Derbyshire)
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level 66
Jan 14, 2017
Listen to Queen's "I'm going slightly mad": lots of new ideas!
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level 66
Jan 17, 2017
See, in the southern U.S., there are lots of... shall we say, colorful ways to say someone is insane or dumb or slow-witted. (Yes, I'm aware this wasn't an exhaustive list. This comment is just meant for entertainment.) - crazy as a dog in a hubcap factory - crazy as a hungry baby in a topless bar - half a bubble off plumb - nuttier than squirrel s*** - his roof ain't nailed tight - ain't got but one oar in the water - dumber than a sack of hammers (or blonde hair).
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level 75
Nov 5, 2018
Country girl here, and I like "Crazier 'n a bessie bug," or "He'd make good squirrel bait." I've also heard, "Crazy as a loon." But my favorite is, "He can't tell if he found a rope or lost a horse."
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level 66
Jan 24, 2017
I tried a bad word for "touched in the ___". I guess this quiz wasn't made by a certain president.
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level 59
Aug 4, 2017
One's cheese has slipped off one's cracker.
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level 46
Apr 20, 2018
This quiz feels like it was made for me...
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level 68
Jun 28, 2018
This test was so easy--my therapist has been calling me all these things for years.
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level 38
Jun 28, 2018
Fun quiz. Missed a few, but the comments are even more hilarious!
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level 41
Nov 5, 2018
Most people know these expressions anyway with or without a quiz. It doesn’t promote their usage, it just lists them. Like several other quizzes on here do with ‘pissed’ for drunk and/or angry; not the politest word either, but there’s nothing instructing us to go and use it. Many of these are often used in a joking context too, rather than them being intended as insults, whereas racial slurs are ALWAYS intended to be humiliating. That difference makes this quiz OK I’d say. But feel free to disagree; I like Jetpunk as there’s lots of room for debate. Anti :)
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level 54
Mar 22, 2019
Where there cimments with complaints then? If so they were deleted
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level 28
Nov 5, 2018
Lose it? It means go crazy... nuts... insane... bonzo... no longer in possession of ones faculties... three fries short of a Happy Meal... WACKO!
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level 42
Nov 5, 2018
I have a friend who says a few French fries short of a happy meal.
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level 54
Mar 22, 2019
I think there are millions, well dozens to be more literal, of versions that have the construct: ....... short of a .......
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level 38
Jun 6, 2019
"Space Cadet".
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