lose (one's) marbles

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lose (one's) marbles

To be or become mentally deficient, incompetent, or deranged; to become of unsound mind. My poor grandmother started losing her marbles after she had a stroke. I've been so sleep deprived lately that it feels like I've lost my marbles!
See also: lose, marble

lose (all) one's marbles

 and lose one's mind
Fig. to go crazy; to go out of one's mind. What a silly thing to say! Have you lost your marbles? Look at Sally jumping up and down and screaming. Is she losing all her marbles? I can't seem to remember anything. I think I'm losing my mind.
See also: lose, marble

lose one's marbles

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lose your marbles

INFORMAL
If you lose your marbles, you become crazy. At 83 I haven't lost my marbles and my memory is, thank God, as clear as it ever was. People are talking about him as if he's lost his marbles. Note: You can also say that someone has all their marbles, meaning that they are not crazy. He's in his eighties but he clearly still has all his marbles.
See also: lose, marble

lose your marbles

go insane; become irrational or senile. informal
Marbles as a term for ‘a person's mental faculties’ probably originated as early 20th-century American slang. The underlying reference is apparently to the children's game played with multicoloured glass balls.
1998 Spectator At least, that is how I recall the event, but I am losing my marbles.
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lose your ˈmarbles

(informal) become crazy or mentally confused: They say the old man has lost his marbles because of the strange things he’s been saying, but I’m not so sure.
See also: lose, marble
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Dad is a nerdy wimp while mum (Eva Green) is E losing her marbles due to her loveless marriage and the dullness of suburbia.
Dad is a nerdy wimp while mum (Eva Green) is losing her marbles due to her loveless marriage and the dullness of suburbia.
In 1942, Anne Frank was worried about losing her marbles.
Her pals might think Emily's losing her marbles tonight when she makes a generous offer to put Norris's mind at rest, but it's just further proof that she's still as sharp as a tack.
Emily's pals might think she's losing her marbles tonight when she makes a generous offer to put Norris's mind at rest, but it's just further proof that she's still as sharp as a tack.
If you've been keeping an eye on proceedings lately, you'll know it's Katherine who's declaring herself a lesbian, despite not so long ago losing her marbles over Mike Delfino.
Ashamed, Billy admits everything to Phil Nasty Nick tries to convince Dot's pals she's losing her marbles
Last week, Steph tried to confess to murdering her brother but thanks to her devious husband, who moved the body from its grave, she looked like she was losing her marbles.
Is Clare Short (pictured) losing her marbles or her memory?
She talks about losing her marbles again when the conversation begins to tilt a little on the heavy side.
She looks increasinglylike she is losing her marbles.
They jeer that "it's all right for some" and say my boyfriend didn't deserve the inheritance and his gran must have been losing her marbles to have left it to him.
Not content with losing her marbles (apparently they went down the back of the sofa), our lady Mariah appears to have lost her clobber too.