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be (as) thick as a short plank

To be remarkably stupid, dimwitted, or obtuse. I smoked a lot of marijuana when I was in high school, so I was as thick as a short plank by the time I finally graduated. Jen's new girlfriend is very nice, but she's thick as a short plank.
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(as) thick as two short planks

Remarkably stupid, dimwitted, or obtuse. I smoked a lot of marijuana when I was in high school, so I turned out thick as two short planks by the time I finally graduated. Jen's new girlfriend is very nice, but she's as thick as two short planks.
See also: plank, short, thick, two

plank over something

to cover something over with planking. The county planked over the old bridge so bicyclists could use it.
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*thick as a short plank

 and *thick as two short planks
exceptionally dim-witted. (*Also: as ~.) Dumb? He's as thick as a short plank, more like. Oh, I'd not say she was stupid. As thick as two short planks, yes, but stupid? Never!
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walk the plank

Fig. to suffer punishment at the hand of someone. (Fig. on the image of pirates making their blindfolded captives die by walking off the end of a plank jutting out over the open sea.) Fred may think he can make the members of my department walk the plank, but we will fight back. Tom thought he could make John walk the plank, but John fought back.
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walk the plank

to have to leave your job After he was caught stealing from the company, the treasurer was forced to walk the plank.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of walk the plank ( to punish someone who worked on a ship by forcing them to walk off the end of a narrow board into the sea)
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be as thick as two short planks

  (British informal) also be as thick as shit (British taboo!)
to be very stupid He might be good-looking but he's as thick as two short planks. Most of the people who read these papers are as thick as shit anyway.
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walk the plank

to be forced to leave your job
Usage notes: In the past, people on ships who had committed crimes were forced to walk to the end of a plank (= a long flat piece of wood) and go over the side of the ship into the water.
Several Cabinet Ministers have been forced to walk the plank following the latest Government scandal.
See Take a hike!, stand tall
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walk the plank

Be forced to resign, as in We were sure that Ted hadn't left of his own accord; he'd walked the plank. This metaphoric idiom alludes to a form of execution used in the 17th century, mainly by pirates, whereby a victim was forced to walk off the end of a board placed on the edge of the ship's deck and so drown. [Second half of 1800s]
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walk the plank

To be forced, as by pirates, to walk off a plank extended over the side of a ship so as to drown.
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Planking is also known as “the lying down game” and players must be rigid, like a wooden plank, with their faces down and arms to their sides.
These bars were rather close together and nicely rounded for pressure-relieving planking.
All told, some 300 radiographs have been taken of the ship's hull planking and timbers.
Planking -- also known as the Lying Down Game -- is the trend of lying face down, perfectly stiff, on various structures in public.
Planking, the art of lying straight down to mimic a wooden plank to surprise and amuse people, also known as the 'lying down' game, is becoming popular worldwide.
Celebrities like British chef Gordon Ramsay, American actress Rosario Dawson and American R andB singers Usher and Chris Brown are among a host of celebrities who have posted planking snaps.
Planking involves lying face down, palms flat against your sides, and your feet firmly together.
Both Planking and Owling are catching on like wildfire.
Dawson, 32, expressed regret on not knowing about planking when she hit the catwalk for a charity fashion show at the Cannes Film Festival in France last month.
Planking, also known as the 'lying down' game, is an activity that has become a Facebook sensation even though it poses danger to the person doing that.
It prompted a flurry of comments from planking enthusiasts and was splashed across the front page of the New Zealand Herald, the biggest selling daily newspaper.
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In what is thought to be Australia's first planking fatality, Beale fell after slipping off a 5cm-wide balcony railing.
Planking was created over three years ago in England.
Owling is the new trend after planking, just days old, where people pose for pictures crouching like an owl in unusual places.