be not playing with a full deck(redirected from been not playing with a full deck)
be not playing with a full deck
1. To not be mentally sound; to be insane. A: "Look at that guy talking to himself on the corner." B: "I reckon he's not playing with a full deck."
2. To not be very bright or intelligent; to be dimwitted. Jim's a nice guy, but with some of the foolish things he does, I wonder if he's not playing with a full deck.
3. To be acting deceptively (as if one is playing with a deck of cards after having removed some of the cards from it). I doubt that Brian's playing with a full deck—how could he win so much money without cheating?
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be not playing with a full deckmainly AMERICAN
If someone is not playing with a full deck, they are not being completely honest and therefore have an unfair advantage over other people. This guy is either very good or he's not playing with a full deck. Note: A deck of cards can have cards taken out before a game in order to give one player an advantage.
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