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    Few bricks short of a load

    Hello,

    I like the phrase one uses to describe a person that is not clever too much To be few bricks sort of a load, but may I say He is many bricks short of a load to intensify it?

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    Re: Few bricks short of a load

    That would not be idiomatic.

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    Re: Few bricks short of a load

    The point is that understatement is the kinder option. We try not to be too offensive to those who are less clever than ourselves.

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    #4

    Re: Few bricks short of a load

    "...shy of a load' is how I am used to hearing it.

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    Re: Few bricks short of a load

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    1. "He was ... about ten bricks short of a load." -- ALL I HAVE (2015), Google result.

    2. "I told her, have to be ten bricks short of a load to pull a stunt like that." --THE BLIND ASSASSIN (2007), Google result.

    3. " 'He's ten bricks short of a load,' Stanton agreed. 'But he's [as] strong as a grizz[ly bear].' " -- THE TRAILSMAN (2014), Google result.

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    Re: Few bricks short of a load

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    I like the phrase one uses to describe a person that is not clever too much To be few bricks sort of a load, but may I say He is many bricks short of a load to intensify it?
    How about saying that he is a fair few bricks shy/short of a load?

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    Re: Few bricks short of a load

    You could also use "A sandwich short of a picnic". I particularly like that one.
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    Re: Few bricks short of a load

    That's one of my favourites too though I've always used "Two sandwiches short of a picnic".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Few bricks short of a load

    My late father used to say "He's only four pence in the shilling". I don't know if it was unique to him or if others know of the expression.
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    Re: Few bricks short of a load

    I like 3 fries short of a Happy Meal.

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