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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

An otherwise intelligent person who often lacks common sense or forgets or overlooks important details. Louis is brilliant, but he's such an absent-minded professor when it comes to remembering to attend important meetings.

bloody minded

slang Petulant and argumentative in nature. I hate spending time with bloody minded people who have a pessimistic response to all of my ideas. Don't listen to him—he's just bloody minded, and his argument doesn't even make sense.
See also: bloody, minded

mind (one's) p's and q's

To be polite and display good manners. Be sure to mind your p's and q's when you visit your aunt this weekend! The mother reminded her young children to mind their p's and q's when they went over to their friends' houses for play dates.
See also: and, mind

mind (one's) own business

To not interfere in someone else's affairs; to not pry or be nosy. Often used as an imperative. Mind your own business, will you? I can take care of my problems just fine. I really wish she would mind her own business and stop asking me about my finances.
See also: business, mind, own

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.


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.
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We have been doing this for the last seven months and I can only think it is sheer bloody mindedness.
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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.