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babbling idiot

A person who talks excessively without making sense or saying anything of importance, sarcastically and derogatorily likened to someone with a mental deficiency. Maurice just rattled on and on like a babbling idiot last night about his schemes to get rich. I must have sounded like a babbling idiot from the way I talked about the new house.
See also: idiot

the idiot box

slang A television set, or television in general. We need to start encouraging our children to play outside, instead of just spending hours in front of the idiot box. It saddens me that people would rather watch the idiot box than explore the world around them.
See also: box, idiot

idiot light

slang A warning light on the dashboard of an automobile meant to alert the driver to a potential problem, such as engine trouble, low fuel, overheating, etc. See? You ignore the idiot light, and the car ends up breaking down in the middle of nowhere.
See also: idiot, light

idiot gloves

Mittens or gloves that are attached to one's sleeves by a length of yarn or string so as to prevent their being lost. I always hated the idiot gloves my mom made me wear when I was a kid. They made me feel like such a dope!
See also: glove, idiot

idiot mittens

Mittens or gloves that are attached to one's sleeves by a length of yarn or string so as to prevent their being lost. I always hated the idiot mittens my mom made me wear when I was a kid. They made me feel like such a dope!
See also: idiot, mitten

take someone for an idiot and take someone for a fool

to assume that someone is stupid. I wouldn't do anything like that! Do you take me for an idiot? I don't take you for a fool. I think you're very clever.
See also: and, fool, idiot, take

idiot box

A television set, as in There they sit in front of the idiot box, hour after hour. This slangy and pejorative expression dates from about 1960.
See also: box, idiot

idiot box

n. a television set. You spend too much time watching the idiot box.
See also: box, idiot

idiot card

n. a large card that shows people on television what to say. The floor director held up an idiot card so I could read out the telephone number.
See also: card, idiot

idiot juice

and idiotic (ˈɪdiət dʒus and ɪdiˈɑdɪk)
n. a mixture of ground nutmeg and water. (Prisons.) Somehow a bunch of these guys got hold of some idiot juice.
See also: idiot, juice

idiot light

n. a light (instead of a meter) on a car’s dashboard that indicates the state of various things concerning the operation of the car. (Alludes to these lights’ elimination of the knowledge required to interpret a meter reading, making them suitable for idiots.) I don’t want idiot lights. I want meters!
See also: idiot, light

idiot oil

n. liquor; alcohol. She drinks too much of that idiot oil.
See also: idiot, oil

idiot pills

n. barbiturates. (Drugs.) Lay off those idiot pills, why don’t you?
See also: idiot, pill
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I was sat behind that absolute idiot of a man who shouted all the way through like a child wanting a picture.
Any member of the Massachusetts House of Reprehensibles who supports and votes for Speaker Robert DeLeo's idiotic proposal, as defined by the T&G, is, in fact, an idiot, and should be voted out of office, if only because they have no common sense, or any understanding of the real world.
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Locals slammed the idiots who destroyed the floral displays which were put in place by Wrexham County Borough Council.
Far too many self absorbed idiots on the roads these days making it dangerous for everyone else.
Any who want to overcome obstacles thrown up by such idiots will find this a powerful survey packed with even more keys to overcoming cluelessness.
There are idiots on biKes, there are idiots in cars, there are idiots who just walK, but mostly we are decent people trying to get along with each other in our crowded little town.
SALMAN Khan, the king of Bollywood's ` 100- crore club, often jokes about not being able to beat the box office record of his friend mir Khan's film, 3 Idiots .
Every nation has its quantity of drunken idiots and unfortunately this particular one happens to be Irish but I don't blame Ireland or the Irish people in any way.
Kinder thinks we're ALL idiots, judging by its latest ad for Bueno.
WHAT brainless, stupid, selfish idiots decided to follow the example of the London fools and go on a night of looting and destruction?
MANY of your readers letters refer to the Holy Island causeway and the idiots who cross after the safe time and get stuck.
Modern village idiots enjoy worldwide audiences and receive exorbitant payment for being themselves in the media.
No one is forcing you," and branded others as idiots for giving him a hard time.