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    expressions to describe a foolish person

    Hi,

    There are some phrases with the sense "to be foolish":

    To have nothing between one's ears;
    Daft as a brush;
    Not to know enough to come in out of the rain;
    To be slow in the uptake;

    Do you use/ know other phrases with the same sense?

    Thanks for all your replies!

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    Re: expressions to describe a foolish person

    Most of those (1,3 & 4) are more to do with stupidity/low intelligence, aren't they?

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    Re: expressions to describe a foolish person

    I agree with Tdol, there's a difference between being stupid and foolish.

    But while we're talking about stupid people, you can say someone is:
    as thick as a brick
    as dumb as a post
    a few sandwiches short of a picnic
    not the sharpest knife in the drawer
    not the brightest bulb in the chandelier

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    Re: expressions to describe a foolish person

    And I rather like 'at the shallow end of the gene pool'.

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    Re: expressions to describe a foolish person

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Most of those (1,3 & 4) are more to do with stupidity/low intelligence, aren't they?
    Can we also use "To be soft in the head" in this context?

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    Re: expressions to describe a foolish person

    Yes, and thick as a plank (or two short planks), bottom feeder, dipstick, etc

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    Re: expressions to describe a foolish person

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Yes, and thick as a plank (or two short planks), bottom feeder, dipstick, etc
    Actually, I was under the impression that 'bottom-feeder' is someone dating his friend's ex?

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    Re: expressions to describe a foolish person

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    "to be foolish"
    to horse around (to act foolish)?

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