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a few bananas short of a bunch
A derogatory phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets—I think he may be a few bananas short of a bunch. Every time Paul tells me about his latest conspiracy theory, I can't help thinking that he's a few bananas short of a bunch.
offensive slang An ethnic slur for an American of East or Southeast Asian parentage or ancestry who adopts the speech, clothing, behavior, beliefs, and values typical of Caucasian Americans. The term refers to the idea that such a person is "yellow" (a slur for the appearance of Asians) on the outside but "white" (Caucasian) on the inside. Primarily heard in US. You've turned into such a banana since you moved to Silicon Valley, David. Have you completely forgotten what it means to be Vietnamese? I was born in the US, yet I get called a "banana" for embracing the culture of the only country I know—it's so frustrating.
Awesome! Great! You want me to go to the concert with you? Cool bananas, I'm in!
1. To become irrational or crazy. I'll end up going bananas if I have to work in this cubicle for one more day!
2. To express great excitement about something in an exuberant manner. The kids are going to go bananas when we tell them about the trip.
go bananas over (something)
To express great excitement about something in an exuberant manner. She totally went bananas over that wedding dress, so I think it's the one she's ultimately going to pick.
I don't buy green bananas
One does not invest in things that take a long time to yield profits or results (a reference to the time it takes for green bananas to ripen). Typically said by older people who may not have many years of life left. A: "You should take up a hobby now that you're retired, Grandma! Learn a new language or something!" B: "Ah, no, I'm at the point in my life that I don't buy green bananas anymore. I don't have any opinion of my son's plans for the business. Everything he's talking about is going to take 10 or 15 years—I'm nearly 90, I don't buy green bananas!
1. A performer who acts as a support to a lead comedian (the so-called "top banana"), as during a burlesque or vaudeville routine. I generally don't mind playing second banana when I'm with such a legendary comedian, but it would be nice to be the one getting all the laughs once in a while.
2. By extension, someone who occupies a secondary, lesser, or subservient role or position. I've been second banana in this company for too long now. I'm going to start up my own business, and then I'll be the one in charge!
The person with the most authority, power, or influence in a group or organization. Primarily heard in US. When I was top banana of the business, I used to charge the most outrageous things to the company credit card. You'll only get a truthful answer if you manage to talk to one of the top bananas.
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Sl. to go mildly crazy. Sorry, I just went bananas for a minute. I thought he was going to go bananas.
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drive someone crazy
Also, drive someone mad or bananas or bonkers or nuts or up the wall ; drive someone to drink. Greatly exasperate someone, annoy to distraction. For example, His habitual lateness drives me crazy, or Apologizing over and over drives me bananas, or These slovenly workmen drive me up the wall, or Your nagging is driving me to drink. All of these hyperbolic expressions describe a person's extreme frustration, supposedly to the point of insanity ( crazy, mad, nuts, bonkers, and bananas all mean "insane"); up the wall alludes to climbing the walls to escape and to drink to imbibing alcohol to induce oblivion.
Act crazy, as in When it comes to animal rights, some people go bananas. According to the lexicographer J. E. Lighter, this expression may allude to the similar go ape, in that apes and other primates are closely associated with eating bananas. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
see under top banana.
Also, top dog. The principal person in a group, organization, or undertaking, as in His plan was to be top banana within ten years, or Now that she's top dog you can't get hold of her at all. The first term comes from show business, where from the early 1900s it has signified the leading comedian (possibly the original allusion was to Frank Lebowitz, a burlesque comedian who used bananas in his act). It also gave rise to second banana, for a supporting actor, usually a straight man. Both were transferred to more general use in the second half of the 1900s, as in executive Peter Barton's statement, "There is a certain pain to being a second banana, but you have to have an ability to sublimate your ego," quoted in The New York Times, May 15, 1996. The variant, top dog, originated in sports in the late 1800s and signified the odds-on favorite or winner in a contest; it alludes to the dog who wins (comes out on top) in a dogfight.
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second bananamainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
1. If you call something or someone second banana you mean they are the next most important or popular person or thing after the most important or popular person or thing. While hockey is king in Canada, the sport has to play second banana south of the border to Major League Baseball.
2. A second banana is a performer who performs with someone else who has a bigger part in the performance. Carney returned to radio as second banana on comedy shows. Compare with play second fiddle.
If someone goes bananas, they become very angry, upset or excited. I tried to ask about Jack. She went bananas. She sobbed and howled. The audience went bananas — anything for a bit of excitement.
go bananas over somethingINFORMAL
If you go bananas over something, you become very enthusiastic about it. Everyone went bananas over his new TV show.
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go bananas1 become extremely angry or excited. 2 go mad. informal
1 1992 Jim Lehrer A Bus of My Own I predicted John Erlichman would probably go bananas when he testified the next day.
second bananathe second most important person in an organization or activity. informal, chiefly North American
top bananathe most important person in an organization or activity. informal, chiefly North American
The two expressions above originated in US theatrical slang. The top banana was originally the comedian who topped the bill in a show, while the second banana was the supporting comedian.
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go baˈnanas(slang) become angry, crazy or silly: If I’m late again my Dad’ll go bananas. ♢ The clock’s going bananas (= isn’t working correctly).
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n. an American of East Asian descent who acts too much like a Caucasian. (see also apple. Rude and derogatory.) Stop acting like such a banana!
1. mod. crazy. (Often with go, see also go bananas.) You were bananas before I ever showed up on the scene.
2. mod. enthusiastic. The audience was bananas over the new star.
Cool beans!and Cool bananas!
exclam. Wow! Cool beans, man. That’s great! I won again! Cool bananas!
See also: cool
See Cool beans!
See also: cool
in. to go mildly crazy. (see also bananas.) I thought he was going to go bananas.
1. n. the lead comedian in a burlesque or vaudeville act. The top banana didn’t show up for the gig.
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go ape, to
To act frenzied with delight, fury, or some other strong emotion. Why such behavior should be described as apelike is not known. The slangy term dates from about 1950 and is used in such contexts as “The audience went ape over the new jazz combo,” or “The school board goes ape over the very mention of budget cuts.” A related and possibly derivative cliché is to go bananas, with roughly the same meaning. It dates from the 1960s. The National Public Radio show All Things Considered had it: “When you mention the word ‘nuclear,’ people start to go bananas” (April 13, 1983). See also go ballistic.
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Headliner comedian in a vaudeville show. The phrase is said to have originated with a vaudevillian named Harry Steppe in 1927 from a skit in which three comics tried to figure out how to share two bananas. Steppe also claimed to have first used “second banana” to refer to the cast's number two comic. Comedian Phil Silvers popularized the phrase “Top Banana” when he used it as the title of his Broadway musical and movie.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price