one fry short of a Happy Meal

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one fry short of a Happy Meal

A derogatory phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. It can appear in many different forms and variations (for example: "a few sandwiches shy of a picnic," "one card shy of a full deck," etc.). A "Happy Meal" is a children's meal served at McDonald's fast-food restaurants, and it typically contains French fries. Every time Paul tells me about his latest conspiracy theory, I can't help thinking that he's one fry short of a Happy Meal.
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