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A brick short of a load
Nov 04, 2010
ABC listeners to Robbie Buck contributed these expressions at the request of Susan Butler, the Editor, who asked for phrases along the lines of 'a brick short of a load' to describe someone who is a bit dimwitted:
a wheatbag short of a silo
a kangaroo short of a paddock
only 17/6 in the pound
a lamington short of a dozen
a head short of a brain
a slice short of a loaf
a banker short of a basis point
a few bars short of a signal (mobile phone)
a few chips short of a happy meal
a power tool short of a shed
a stubbie short of a six-pack
a sandwich short of a picnic
Other related phrases include:
only one hinge to his gate
only one oar in the water
the wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead
as useful as a chocolate teapot
as sharp as a bowling ball
the cheese has slid off his cracker
Can you add to these lists?
10/11/2010- Last night, listeners to Robbie Buck called in with some more suggestions:
slower than yesterday's bread
one towel short of a linen press
as busy as a cat digging a hole in a marble floor
so hot that it would raise blisters on a wooden leg
talk a glass eye to sleep
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