absent-minded professor

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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.

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.
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The professor reached out a thin, trembling old hand through the darkness until it found his old friend's shoulder.
You certainly pulled me up into this tree just in time," said the professor at last.
But I didn't pull you up here, Professor," said Mr.
He may be sitting right next to you now, Professor.
Take the Professor to the breakfast-saloon, children," said the Warden.
I certainly wouldn't like to go without Tom," said the professor slowly.
urged the professor, much as one boy might urge another to take part in a ball game.
He jumped to his feet, his eyes snapping, and he looked eagerly and anxiously at Professor Bumper.
Nor did I ever hear Professor Beecher speak of Tom," said the bald-headed scientist.
I must ask you, Professor Challenger, to cease these ignorant and unmannerly interruptions.
Waldron sat down, and, after a chirrup from the chairman, Professor Challenger rose and advanced to the edge of the platform.
I beg pardon--Ladies, Gentlemen, and Children--I must apologize, I had inadvertently omitted a considerable section of this audience" (tumult, during which the Professor stood with one hand raised and his enormous head nodding sympathetically, as if he were bestowing a pontifical blessing upon the crowd), "I have been selected to move a vote of thanks to Mr.
It seemed to me that had I a closer relationship I might better assist in adding to her happiness and safety--in short, Professor, I should like your permission to ask Virginia to marry me.
Sing Lee who stood just without the trap door through which he was about to pass Professor Maxon's evening meal to him could not be blamed for overhearing the conversation, though it may have been culpable in him in making no effort to divulge his presence, and possibly equally unpraiseworthy, as well as lacking in romance, to attribute the doctor's avowal to his knowledge of the heavy chest.
As Professor Maxon eyed the man before replying to his abrupt request, von Horn noted a strange and sudden light in the older man's eyes--a something which he never before had seen there and which caused an uncomfortable sensation to creep over him--a manner of bristling that was akin either to fear or horror, von Horn could not tell which.
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