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Forgetful or inattentive of everyday details or duties, possibly due to a preoccupation with other thoughts. My absent-minded housemate is always lost in composing new poems and never remembers to clean the house or take out the trash!

absent-minded professor

a bumbling professor who overlooks everyday things. Fred is such an absent-minded professor. He'd forget his head if it wasn't screwed on.

bloody minded

  (British & Australian informal)
someone who is bloody minded makes difficulties for other people, usually by arguing against their actions or ideas without a good reason There's no reason why we shouldn't do aerobics in the squash court - the sports committee are just being bloody minded.
See also: bloody, minded


mod. having a tendency to see the lewd or obscene aspects of anything; having a tendency to place an obscene interpretation on the words and actions of others. Sam is sort of dirty-minded, but he wouldn’t do anything really vile.
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For African Americans--who are from an aural culture--the latter is problematic because literal mindedness stifles imaginative and poetic forms of expression.
It exhorts theologians and preachers of the divine word to abstain zealously from all gross exaggerations as well as petty narrow - mindedness in considering the singular dignity of the Mother of God.
We have been doing this for the last seven months and I can only think it is sheer bloody mindedness.
This effort has been expedited by alternative distribution sources, creative transportation systems, quick thinking, and community mindedness on the part of the Builders Square team.
It maintains Jefferson's emphasis on rigorous intellectual training and the promotion of civic mindedness in its graduates.
Van Egeraat saw the commission as a chance to express the spirit of open mindedness and enquiry that had informed the university's development.
Since the original Northern Ireland parliament foundered in a welter of violence after a lifetime of unionist domination, other attempts at power sharing have broken down, mainly due to sheer bloody mindedness.
Considering our company's long-standing commitment to corporate citizenship and community involvement, Mimi's civic mindedness makes her a positive addition to our board.