lose (one's) marbles

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lose (one's) marbles

To be or become mentally deficient, incompetent, or deranged; to become of unsound mind. My poor grandmother started losing her marbles after she had a stroke. I've been so sleep deprived lately that it feels like I've lost my marbles!
See also: lose, marble

lose (all) one's marbles

 and lose one's mind
Fig. to go crazy; to go out of one's mind. What a silly thing to say! Have you lost your marbles? Look at Sally jumping up and down and screaming. Is she losing all her marbles? I can't seem to remember anything. I think I'm losing my mind.
See also: lose, marble

lose one's marbles

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lose your marbles

INFORMAL
If you lose your marbles, you become crazy. At 83 I haven't lost my marbles and my memory is, thank God, as clear as it ever was. People are talking about him as if he's lost his marbles. Note: You can also say that someone has all their marbles, meaning that they are not crazy. He's in his eighties but he clearly still has all his marbles.
See also: lose, marble

lose your marbles

go insane; become irrational or senile. informal
Marbles as a term for ‘a person's mental faculties’ probably originated as early 20th-century American slang. The underlying reference is apparently to the children's game played with multicoloured glass balls.
1998 Spectator At least, that is how I recall the event, but I am losing my marbles.
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lose your ˈmarbles

(informal) become crazy or mentally confused: They say the old man has lost his marbles because of the strange things he’s been saying, but I’m not so sure.
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Michael is having open-heart surgery, Norris thinks he's losing his marbles after another of Maddie's practical jokes, Steve is clinically depressed and David is being forced to provide an alibi for his worst enemy, Callum.
Michael is having openheart surgery, Norris thinks he's losing his marbles after another of Maddie's practical jokes, Steve is clinically depressed and David is being forced to provide an alibi for his worst enemy, Callum.
IS Cameron, happiest when flirting with the futile notion that we can settle without his meddling (same sex marriages, for a start), losing his marbles in reality's face?
THE USPGA Championship has been won in each of the last four years by a player who had already claimed a Major title - so Victor Chandler must be losing his marbles to offer 13-8 that this year it goes to another former Major winner.
But on Thursday the wheelchair-bound hunk begins to think he may be losing his marbles.
HE may be one of the greatest players the game has seen - but Michel Platini seems to be losing his marbles.
The king is losing his marbles, and the princess stands dangerously between boredom and sexual awakening.
The Machinist (15) Horror with Christian Bale as a machine worker losing his marbles.
Besides, how would the team feel about the TM losing his marbles before a big road trip?
You can't help thinking England rugby union coach Ashton is losing his marbles.
RAY Irwin is not losing his marbles (Viewpoints, August 24).
As Klein investigates, he fears he could be losing his marbles.
Tony's got his hands full anyway caring for his Uncle Junior, who's fast losing his marbles.
I think Mr O'Neill is gradually losing his marbles, and it is a question as to whether the men in white coats come before the men in black coats.
The man is losing his marbles (oh sorry, that's fourth on his list).