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    off one's head

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    A hundred times he had heard the old man spoken of as a little off his head.

    off one’s head = out of one’s mind

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

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    Re: off one's head

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    A hundred times he had heard the old man spoken of as a little off his head.

    off one’s head = out of one’s mind

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    off one's head = crazy, mad.

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    Re: off one's head

    It is sometimes used to mean drunk or stoned, along with "off one's face".

    He was off his head that night, having drunk half a bottle of vodka.

    He was completely off his face on cocaine.

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    Re: off one's head

    in one's right mind= in a healthy mental state; sane and rational

    The antonym of the phrase above is out of one's mind = crazy, mad


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    Exclamation Re: off one's head

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    in one's right mind= in a healthy mental state; sane and rational

    The antonym of the phrase above is out of one's mind = crazy, mad


    Regards,


    V.
    in one's right mind=behaving responsibly
    I think that nobody in his right mind would act so foolishly to invite criticism.

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    Re: off one's head

    in one’s right mind = accountable; sane and sober.

    If you were in your right mind, you wouldn't be saying such stupid things to our boss.

    lose one's mind = out of one’s mind = go crazy, lose one's sanity, as in I thought she'd lost her mind when she said she was going ice-fishing, or That assignment is enough to make me lose my reason. The first expression dates from the late 1500s; the second employs reason in the sense of "unimpaired mental faculties," a usage dating from the late 1300s. Also see under go out of one's mind; have all one's buttons.

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