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(one's) elevator doesn't go all the way to the top

A pejorative phrase meaning one is not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets. I'm starting to think his elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.
See also: all, elevator, go, to, top, way

elevator music

Soft, usually jazzy recorded music played in public places. The phrase is often used derisively. Sorry, but this sounds like elevator music to me. Let's put on some real jazz.
See also: elevator, music

express elevator

Something that brings people or things to a certain, often troubling or undesirable, destination very quickly. Refers to a type of elevator that doesn't stop at all floors and thus reaches its destination faster than a typical elevator would. I don't know that he can forgive her for cheating, and I worry that they're on the express elevator to divorce. My grandparents definitely believe that modern society is on the express elevator to hell.
See also: elevator, express

the elevator doesn't go (all the way) to the top floor

A pejorative phrase used to indicate that someone is not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets. I'm starting to think the elevator doesn't go to the top floor. She's one of the top students in the school. Her brother, on the other hand—well, let's just say that the elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.
See also: elevator, floor, go, to, top

the elevator doesn't go all the way to the top

A pejorative phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets. I'm starting to think the elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.
See also: all, elevator, go, to, top, way
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

the elevator doesn't go all the way to the top

or

someone's elevator doesn't go all the way to the top

INFORMAL
People say that the elevator doesn't go all the way to the top or that someone's elevator doesn't go all the way to the top to mean that someone is stupid or mentally ill. I get the feeling his elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

elevator music

n. dull, uninteresting music of the type that can be heard in elevators or shops. (see also ear candy.) Elevator music is better than listening to someone chewing food.
See also: elevator, music
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

elevator doesn't go to the top floor, the

Describing someone who is simple-minded, not very intelligent. The top floor in this slangy insult denotes the brain. One synonym is a few/two/three bricks shy of a load, indicating a person is short of intelligence. Another is not playing with a full deck, which refers to the card game of poker. Yet another is having only one oar in the water (or not having both oars in the water). All these slangy expressions date from the second half of the twentieth century. For example, “But now this new opportunity had presented itself, and . . . how could he really lose? Okay, she probably wasn’t playing with a full deck, but he didn’t figure her for any more gun wielding” (David Baldacci, Hour Game, 2004).
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elevator music

Light instrumental music considered “easy listening.” It is played not only in elevators but shopping malls, grocery stores, doctor’s offices, telephone systems (when the caller is on hold), and similar venues. Simple and unobtrusive, it serves purely as a background. It is also called Muzak, because the Muzak Corporation originally supplied such music. The New Yorker magazine (April 10, 2006) carried a piece by David Owen entitled “The Soundtrack of Your Life,” describing the matching of such music to the venues where it is played.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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