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(as) cold as marble
1. Extremely cold. Ack, don't touch me! Your hands are as cold as marble!
2. Utterly unfeeling, unfriendly, or unsympathetic. Is Heather mad at me? She was cold as marble when I tried to talk to her earlier. He looked at me with eyes as cold as marble, and I realized that he had no intention of helping me.
all the marbles
All possible prizes or rewards. Typically used in the phrase "for all the marbles," which is said when one is on the verge of victory. He is currently in first place, so his final putt is for all the marbles!
be missing some of (one's) marbles
To be mentally deficient, incompetent, or deranged; to be of unsound mind. My poor grandmother is missing some of her marbles after her stroke. I've been so sleep deprived lately that it feels like I'm missing some of my marbles!
have a few loose marbles
To be or seem particularly silly, eccentric, crazy, or mentally unstable. That guy on the corner must have a few loose marbles or something, because he's been standing out there yelling obscenities at passersby all morning. My old uncle Pete may have a few loose marbles, but he's really a nice guy. What's the matter with you? Do you have a few loose marbles, or what?
have all (one's) marbles
To be mentally sound or stable. Now that I've gotten a good night's sleep, I'm starting to feel like I have all my marbles again. Grandma still has all her marbles, in spite of her other health problems.
have got all (one's) marbles
To be mentally sound or stable. Now that I've gotten a good night's sleep, I'm starting to feel like I've got all my marbles again. Grandma still has got all her marbles, in spite of her other health problems.
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!
1. A cemetery. (A reference to headstones and monuments.) My wife and I went to book a plot of land in the marble city for when the time comes.
2. A yard or other area featuring many statues. The site on the outskirts of the city is a bizarre little marble city where the stone visages and iconography of the former regime have been preserved for future generations to learn about.
A thoroughly stupid person; someone with no sense or intelligence. Don't listen to any advice that marble dome gives you—he's only got a job here because of who his daddy is. There's no way I'll lose to a marble dome like you.
1. A cemetery. (A reference to headstones and monuments.) My wife and I went to book a plot of land in the marble orchard for when the time comes.
2. A yard or other area featuring many statues. The bizarre site on the outskirts of the city is a marble orchard where the visages and iconography of the former regime have been preserved in stone.
mouthful of marbles
A phrase used to describe the speech of someone who mumbles when talking. I have such a hard time understanding him—he always sounds like he has a mouthful of marbles.
not have all (one's) marbles
To not be completely mentally sound or stable. After he started bringing conspiracy theories into the conversation, I started wondering if maybe he didn't have all his marbles. It's easy to feel like you don't have all your marbles when you're that sleep deprived.
pick up (one's) marbles and go home
To abandon or withdraw from a project, situation, or activity in a petulant manner because one does not like way in which it is progressing. It seems that the governor is ready to pick up his marbles and go home if the state senate isn't willing to increase the funds for the redevelopment scheme. The danger of relying on a private organization to fund a political campaign is that they may pick up their marbles and go home if the candidate doesn't do everything that's in the company's interest.
pick up (one's) marbles and leave
To abandon or withdraw from a project, situation, or activity in a petulant manner because one does not like way in which it is progressing. It seems that the governor is ready to pick up his marbles and leave if the state senate isn't willing to increase the funds for the redevelopment scheme. The danger of relying on a private organization to fund a political campaign is that they may pick up their marbles and leave if the candidate doesn't do everything that's in the company's interest.
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*all the marbles
Fig. all the winnings, spoils, or rewards. (*Typically: end up with ~; get ~; win ~; give someone ~.) Somehow Fred always seems to end up with all the marbles. I don't think he plays fair.
*cold as a welldigger's ass (in January)and *cold as a welldigger's feet (in January); *cold as a witch's caress; *cold as marble; *cold as a witch's tit; *cold as a welldigger's ears (in January)
very, very cold; chilling. (Use caution with ass. *Also: as ~.) Bill: How's the weather where you are? Tom: Cold as a welldigger's ass in January. By the time I got in from the storm, I was as cold as a welldigger's feet. The car's heater broke, so it's as cold as a welldigger's ears to ride around in it. She gave me a look as cold as a witch's caress.
have all one's marbles
Fig. to have all one's mental faculties; to be mentally sound. (Very often with a negative or said to convey doubt.) I don't think he has all his marbles. Do you think Bob has all his marbles?
lose (all) one's marblesand 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.
not have all one's marbles
Fig. not to have all one's mental capacities. John acts as if he doesn't have all his marbles. I'm afraid that I don't have all my marbles all the time.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
have all one's buttons
Also, have all one's marbles. Be completely sane and rational. For example, Grandma may be in a wheelchair, but she still has all her buttons, or I'm not sure he has all his marbles. These slangy expressions date from the mid-1800s, as do the antonyms lose or be missing some of one's buttons or marbles , meaning "become (or be) mentally deficient."
lose one's marbles
see under have all one's buttons.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
lose your marblesINFORMAL
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.
pick up your marbles and go homeAMERICAN
If you pick up your marbles and go home, you leave a situation or activity in which you are involved because you are angry about what is happening. They called it the dirtiest Olympics ever and briefly threatened to pick up their marbles and go home. Note: You usually use this expression to suggest that someone is wrong to do this. Note: The reference here is to a player in a game of marbles who is annoyed about losing and therefore stops playing and takes the marbles away so that nobody else can play either.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
lose your marblesgo 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.
marble orcharda cemetery. informal humorous
pick up your marbles and go homewithdraw petulantly from an activity after having suffered a setback. informal, chiefly US
The image here is of a child who refuses sulkily to continue playing the game of 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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have all one’s marbles
tv. to have all one’s mental faculties; to be mentally sound. (see also lose (all) one’s marbles. Have got can replace have.) I don’t think he has all his marbles.
lose (all) one’s marbles
tv. to become crazy. (see also have all one’s marbles.) Have you lost all your marbles?
lose one’s marblesverb
n. a stupid person. (Someone who has marble where brains should be.) The guy’s a marble dome. He has no knowledge of what’s going on around him.
marble orchardand Marble City
n. a cemetery. I already bought a little plot in a marble orchard. There is a huge Marble City south of town.
See marble orchard
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