in a fog

in a fog

 and in a haze
Fig. dazed; not paying attention to what is going on around one; not alert. Jane always seems to be in a fog. When I get up, I'm in a fog for an hour. After surgery, I was in a haze until the anesthetic wore off.
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in a fog

confused or not aware I was in a fog for several days after my son's accident.
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in a fog

Also, in a haze. Preoccupied, not paying attention; also, at a loss, confused. For example, After the accident he went about in a fog, even though he had not been injured, or Millie always seems to be in a haze; she never knows what's going on. These expressions allude to fog or haze obscuring one's view; the fog usage dates from about 1600, haze from about 1800.
See also: fog
References in classic literature ?
I couldn't tell nothing about voices in a fog, for nothing don't look natural nor sound natural in a fog.
If you think it ain't dismal and lone- some out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once -- you'll see.
Who that once bends from the line of his march in a fog can tell when or how to find it again
I went for at least a month and stayed a week in a fog and was blown home again in a gale.
We're not drawin' twenty-five fut off Fire Island in a fog.