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    I don't get why it means to be stupid. Could you explain it to me?

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    Wink Re: to be one sandwich short of a picnic

    Because if your sandwich basket is missing a sandwich it means that it is not sufficient for its intended purpose which is a picnic, so if you say a person is one sandwich short of a picnic basket then it's a "kindish" way of saying their brain is missing something vital for sufficient operation! it's meant to be humorous and it's better than saying " that person is missing brain cells!"

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    Default Re: to be one sandwich short of a picnic

    Quote Originally Posted by englishpro View Post
    Because if your sandwich basket is missing a sandwich it means that it is not sufficient for its intended purpose which is a picnic, so if you say a person is one sandwich short of a picnic basket then it's a "kindish" way of saying their brain is missing something vital for sufficient operation! it's meant to be humorous and it's better than saying " that person is missing brain cells!"
    Thanks for making me the first person you replied to!

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    Default Re: to be one sandwich short of a picnic

    There are so many ways to say this.

    The lights are on, but no one's home.
    The elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
    She's a few clowns short of a full circus.
    She's a couple sandwiches short of a picnic lunch

    The list goes on...
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: to be one sandwich short of a picnic

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There are so many ways to say this.

    The lights are on, but no one's home.
    The elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
    She's a few clowns short of a full circus.
    She's a couple sandwiches short of a picnic lunch

    The list goes on...
    I particularly like "Two bricks short of a load".

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    Default Re: to be one sandwich short of a picnic

    I'm also fond of "a few French fries short of a Happy Meal."

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    Default Re: to be one sandwich short of a picnic

    Also 'He's not the sharpest tool in the toolbox'. (But I sympathize with BC's original doubt; the 'N <things> short of an X' format isn't the most self-evident of idioms.)

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    Default Re: to be one sandwich short of a picnic

    Not the sharpest crayon in the box is another!

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