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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Absent-minded professors at the awarding ceremonies could relate to that, but there's more though to this than forgetfulness.
But unlike many brilliant people who are absent-minded professors, he was also a businessman.
I was too busy reflecting that they don't make absent-minded professors like this one anymore.
Bullshot'' is a grand, exaggerated sendup of British, Sherlock Holmesian spy thrillers, and stereotypes like absent-minded professors, diabolical Germans, dumb blondes, and bumbling British police.
It will undoubtedly be contested by those who insist that archaeology and classical philology, for example, are relatively esoteric and harmless activities pursued by absent-minded professors.