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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
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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.
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
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.