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crazy mixed-up kid

cliché A wild, confused, and naïve young person. I know you think I'm just this crazy mixed-up kid, but I know a lot more about life than you give me credit for! The famous author, renowned for his experimental style, was often looked down on as little more than a crazy mixed-up kid in his youth.
See also: crazy, kid
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crazy mixed-up kid

A psychologically troubled youth. This term was born about 1940 and soon was extended to describe a merely eccentric person, and not necessarily young. It also is used jestingly, but may be dying out.
See also: crazy, kid
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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