not the sharpest knife in the drawer

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not the sharpest knife in the drawer

Not particularly intelligent, witty, or clever. His new boyfriend isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he's pretty good looking! I wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer in school, but I still managed to find a profession I loved.
See also: drawer, knife, not, sharp

not the sharpest knife in the ˈdrawer

(also not the sharpest tool in the ˈbox) (humorous) not intelligent: I know he’s good-looking, but he’s not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, is he? OPPOSITE: a/one smart cookie
See also: drawer, knife, not, sharp
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But for the same player to cop another match suspension for sending an offensive signal aimed at his own fans suggests Leigh Griffiths really isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Ian isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer but even he's not inclined to believe in ghosts.