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bored out of (one's) skull

Extremely bored to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. I was bored out of my skull listening to that lecture this afternoon.
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have a thick skull

1. To be dim-witted, stupid, or an especially slow learner. I've always had a thick skull when it comes to math.
2. To be inflexible or stubborn; to be overly willful or obstinate. Our son has such a thick skull. Once he's made up his mind about something, there's no way anyone can change it!
3. Literally, to have an especially dense skull, often said humorously after receiving a mild blow to the skull. A: "Oops! Sorry, I didn't mean to hit you!" B: "It's OK, I have a thick skull!"
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be out of (one's) skull

To be heavily intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, especially to the point of becoming unconscious, nonsensical, or out of control. Jane always gets really violent when she's out of her skull like that. I had to take my brother away from the party because he was out of his skull on LSD.
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hammer (something) into (one's/someone's) thick skull

To commit some piece of information into one's or someone else's long-term memory, especially through intense repetition. How many times do I have to hammer it into your thick skull? Do not drive my car unless I give you permission first! I've just been trying to hammer these formulas into my thick skull for the big test tomorrow!
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pound (something) into (one's/someone's) thick skull

To commit some piece of information into one's or someone else's long-term memory, especially through intense repetition. How many times do I have to pound it into your thick skull? Do not drive my car unless I give you permission first! I've just been trying to pound these formulas into my thick skull for the big test tomorrow!
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get something through someone's thick skull

 and get something into someone's thick head
Fig. to manage to get someone, including oneself, to understand something. He can't seem to get it through his thick skull that he has to study to pass the exam. If I could get this into my thick head once, I'd remember it.
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*out of one's skull

Sl. intoxicated. (*Typically: be ~; go ~.) Oh, man, I drank till I was out of my skull. Two beers and he went out of his skull.
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pissed out of your head/mind/skull

  (very informal!)
very drunk Anna was pissed out of her mind - she couldn't even walk.
See also: head, of, out, pissed

out of one’s skull

mod. alcohol intoxicated. Oh, man, I drank till I was out of my skull.
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skull-buster

and skull-popper
1. n. a difficult course in school or college. The course was a skull-buster, and I had to drop it.
2. n. a police officer. (Refers to the striking of skulls.) Two skull-poppers came up and started asking questions.

skull-popper

verb
References in classic literature ?
The fourth Dyak danced around the two with raised parang watching for an opening that he might deliver a silencing blow upon the white man's skull.
Only short months before this head had been alive, he pondered, quick with wit, attached to a two-legged body that stood erect and that swaggered about, a loincloth and a belted automatic around its middle, more powerful, therefrom, than Bashti, but with less wit, for had not he, Bashti, with an ancient pistol, put darkness inside that skull where wit resided, and removed that skull from the soddenly relaxed framework of flesh and bone on which it had been supported to tread the earth and the deck of the Arangi?
The skulls were, as a rule, painted--blue or white, or in combinations of both colors.
A dog, with only three legs, lay behind the stove; a crow sat on a roost above our heads, in company with a matronly old hen; and on the clock shelf were a stuffed monkey and a grinning skull.
Naturalists, however, use such language only in a metaphorical sense: they are far from meaning that during a long course of descent, primordial organs of any kind--vertebrae in the one case and legs in the other--have actually been modified into skulls or jaws.
When the long comrade had made these preparations, he looked towards Mr Tappertit; and Mr Tappertit, flourishing the bone, knocked nine times therewith upon one of the skulls.
Ah,' said he, 'the King's daughter shall not overreach us;' and, loading his gun, he shot so cleverly, that he shot away the horse's skull from under the runner's head, without its hurting him.
The skull and the upper bones lay beside it in the thick dust, and in one place, where rain-water had dropped through a leak in the roof, the thing itself had been worn away.
Nothing could have altered the rich colour of my commander's complexion, laid on generously by wind and sea; but between the two tufts of fair hair above his ears, his skull, generally suffused with the hue of blood, shone dead white, like a dome of ivory.
I said, after contemplating it for some minutes, "this is a strange scarabæus, I must confess: new to me: never saw anything like it before - unless it was a skull, or a death's-head - which it more nearly resembles than anything else that has come under my observation.
I had hardly expected so dolichocephalic a skull or such well-marked supra-orbital development.
Wasn't he the man who broke the skull of Blundell, of the Telegraph?
I sprang upon him, and struck him to the ground with one blow, the sparks flying far and wide as my smoking brand met the seaman's skull.
Some of the brethren might get hold of the wrong leg, in the confusion, and the wrong skull, and find themselves limping, and looking through eyes that were wider apart or closer together than they were used to.
Boris on the contrary at once found his footing, and related quietly and humorously how he had know that doll Mimi when she was still quite a young lady, before her nose was broken; how she had aged during the five years he had known her, and how her head had cracked right across the skull.