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go mental

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.
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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.
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mental block

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.
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mental giant

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.
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mental midget

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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* 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

go ˈmental

(British English, slang) become very angry: My dad’ll go mental when he sees what we’ve done!
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make a mental ˈnote of something/to do something

make 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.
See also: make, mental, note, of, something, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

go mental

in. go crazy; to act stupid. Another day in that history class and I know I will go mental.
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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.

mental giant

n. a genius. I’m no mental giant, but I do know trouble when I see it.
See also: giant, mental

mental midget

n. a stupid person. I hate to seem like a mental midget, but what’s so great about that?
See also: mental
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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