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    Thumbs down not packed too tightly

    Thanks for the meaning of "shaking the trees" and "silver bullet". got tyhe reply on the post of 18th also but only after (immediately) posting again on 20th. Sorry for the inconvenience. Now I have found two more idioms for which I need your help : (1) Not packed too tightly ( I am not sure if it has idiomatic or metaphoric meaning) but I have found its meaning given as equivelant to (2) Someone who does not get both oars in the water. The dictionary meaning of to get oars in the water is to interfere. will the second idiom mean "non interference" ? I doubt. What is its connection with the first idiom, i.e. " not packed too tightly."
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    Re: not packed too tightly

    "Not packed too tightly" is one of those all-purpose insult-metaphors meaning mentally defective.

    He's not playing with a full deck.
    His elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
    She's two sandwiches short of a picnic.

    I'm sure that others on this forum can chime in with a few dozen more of these.

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    Re: not packed too tightly

    The light's not on upstairs.
    There's nobody home.
    He doesn't have all of his marbles.


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    Re: not packed too tightly

    Quote Originally Posted by rameshpahwa View Post
    Thanks for the meaning of "shaking the trees" and "silver bullet". got tyhe reply on the post of 18th also but only after (immediately) posting again on 20th. Sorry for the inconvenience. Now I have found two more idioms for which I need your help : (1) Not packed too tightly ( I am not sure if it has idiomatic or metaphoric meaning) but I have found its meaning given as equivelant to (2) Someone who does not get both oars in the water. The dictionary meaning of to get oars in the water is to interfere. will the second idiom mean "non interference" ? I doubt. What is its connection with the first idiom, i.e. " not packed too tightly."
    "Not having both oars in the water" also means mentally defective. I don't know where you found "interfere", but it's wrong.

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