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insane (citations)



Sense: exhibiting unsoundness or disorder of mind

Colloquialisms or slang
  • (be mad):
  • Her running wheel is spinning, but the hamster is dead. (Circle temple with finger)
  • twelve units shy of a bachelor's degree
  • a few sandwiches short of a picnic
  • have a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock (Australia)
  • have a screw loose
  • have bats in one's belfry
  • have bats in the belfry
  • off one's head (British)
  • off one's trolley (British)
  • off the planet (Australia)
  • away with the fairies
  • round the twist
  • nobody home (often accompanied with the gesture of a finger tapping a head)
  • round the bend
  • stark raving mad
  • stark staring bonkers
  • off their rocker
  • not playing with a full deck
  • three fries short of a Happy Meal
  • a few electrons short of an atom
  • no longer in possession of one's faculties
  • not running on all cylinders
  • a loose cannon (implies dangerous behavior)
  • wired wrong
Taboo slang
  • bat-shit

See also

External links

  • Dictionary:Roget Thesaurus Classification
    4 Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
    4.1 Division I. Formation of Ideas
    Section V. Results Of Reasoning
    503. “insanity” in Roget's Thesaurus, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1911.
    504. “madman” in Roget's Thesaurus, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1911.
  • insane” in Moby Thesaurus II, Grady Ward, 1996.
  • Macquarie Concise Thesaurus - MAD
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