lose (one's) buttons

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lose (one's) buttons

To be or become mentally deficient, incompetent, or deranged; to become of unsound mind. My poor grandmother started losing her buttons after she had a stroke on her 84th birthday. I've been so sleep deprived lately that it feels like I'm losing my buttons!
See also: button, lose
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Ethel, who said socialising was also the key to keeping her young at heart, added: "You could stay in the house and look at four walls but you would lose your buttons.