a brick short of a load
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be one brick short of a (full) load
To be not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. This expression can appear in many different forms and variations (e.g., "a few sandwiches short of a picnic," "one card shy of a full deck," etc.). He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets—I think he may be one brick short of a load. The new manager is nice enough, but he's one brick short of a full load, if you ask me.
a brick short of a loador
one brick short of a load
If you say that someone is a brick short of a load or one brick short of a load, you mean that they are stupid or crazy. He doesn't seem scared about the fight, but then he is a brick short of a load. She was rushing around, one brick short of a load, upsetting everyone.
a brick short of a load(of a person) stupid. informal
This is one of a number of humorous variations on the theme of someone not possessing their proper share of brains or intelligence; compare, for example, with a sandwich short of a picnic (at sandwich).