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get a mental block
To develop an intellectual or psychological inability to do, think about, confront, or undertake something. I get a bit of a mental block when it comes to swearing when I'm around my parents—they were very strict about it when we were kids. It's like she's gotten some mental block about accepting adult responsibilities. You're getting a mental block, so step away from the problem for a minute and come back to it later.
1. To become extremely angry or upset. My parents are going to go mental if they find out we had a party here! Don't go mental, but I think I broke your computer.
2. To become or feel crazy. I'm going mental being stuck in this cabin all week with my parents!
3. To act in a crazy, foolish, or reckless way. Too many kids start going mental when they go to college and have total freedom for the first time in their lives.
have a mental block
To have an intellectual or psychological inability to do, think about, confront, or undertake something. I have a bit of a mental block when it comes to swearing when I'm around my parents—they were very strict about it when we were kids. It's like she has some mental block about accepting adult responsibilities. You've got a mental block, that's all. Step away from the problem for a minute and come back to it later.
make a mental note
To make a special effort to remember something in the future. I must make a mental note to pick up the dry cleaning on the way home from work. Jenny, make a mental note of this number and remind me to call it when we get home.
A mental or psychological inability to do, think about, confront, or undertake something. I have a bit of a mental block when it comes to swearing when I'm around my parents—they were very strict about it when we were kids. It's like she's got some mental block about accepting adult responsibilities.
An extremely intelligent person. Typically used sarcastically. Some mental giant thought it would be a good idea to connect the wires in reverse order. It doesn't take a mental giant to realize that this will be bad for business.
1. The use of great intelligence or mental faculties, as to do or solve something difficult. I really struggled with calculus. I guess I'm not up for the mental gymnastics that go into solving those complicated equations.
2. A complex thought process or argument that is used to bend reality to suit something, such as a particular viewpoint. You refuse to sign this bill to lower taxes because you're thinking of your constituents' best interests? That's some ridiculous mental gymnastics.
3. The mental effort required to work through one's challenging or limiting thoughts. After you go through rehab for a torn ACL, it takes a lot of mental gymnastics to get back out on the field. You can't play scared, but it's so hard to put the memory of the injury out of your mind.
An extremely foolish or unintelligent person. (The term "midget" may be considered offensive.) Some mental midget thought it would be a good idea to connect the wires in reverse order. Those mental midgets in congress think the way to solve our national deficit is to cut taxes for the wealthiest companies and people?
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make a mental note of something
to remember something. So, you want to be considered for a job. I'll make a mental note of that. Please make a mental note of my telephone number.
* mental block (against something)
Fig. to have some psychological barrier that prevents one from doing something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Perry has a mental block against speaking in public.
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go ˈmental(British English, slang) become very angry: My dad’ll go mental when he sees what we’ve done!
make a mental ˈnote of something/to do somethingmake an effort to remember something without writing it down: I must make a mental note to order more wood. ♢ She made a mental note of the car’s registration number.
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in. go crazy; to act stupid. Another day in that history class and I know I will go mental.
1. mod. mentally retarded. (Usually objectionable. Derogatory.) The girl’s mental. Leave her alone.
2. n. a mentally retarded person. (Usually objectionable. Derogatory.) He’s a mental. He’ll need some help.
3. n. a stupid person. You’re such a mental lately.
n. a genius. I’m no mental giant, but I do know trouble when I see it.
n. a stupid person. I hate to seem like a mental midget, but what’s so great about that?
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