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make a mental note

To make an especial 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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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 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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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.
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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.
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mental midget

n. a stupid person. I hate to seem like a mental midget, but what’s so great about that?
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References in classic literature ?
And now, some days of bitter grief having elapsed, an observable change came over the features of the mental disorder of my friend.
It was, however, the only book immediately at hand; and I indulged a vague hope that the excitement which now agitated the hypochondriac, might find relief (for the history of mental disorder is full of similar anomalies) even in the extremeness of the folly which I should read.
He was all she had at first imagined him to be: almost everything he had said seemed like a specimen from a mine, or the inscription on the door of a museum which might open on the treasures of past ages; and this trust in his mental wealth was all the deeper and more effective on her inclination because it was now obvious that his visits were made for her sake.
From the accounts the poisonous effect begins with mental excitement; the rioting in Paris this morning is said to have been very violent, and the Welsh colliers are in a state of uproar.
Rachel prided herself on always speaking her mind; she proceeded to speak it now, having adjusted her mental attitude to this amazing piece of news.
The bodily exercises, in that case, will be uppermost in the youth's thoughts, will have the strongest hold on his interest, will take the lion's share of his time, and will, by those means--barring the few purely exceptional instances--slowly and surely end in leaving him, to all good moral and mental purpose, certainly an uncultivated, and, possibly, a dangerous man.
We shall thus also be enabled to see the respective parts which habit and the selection of so-called accidental variations have played in modifying the mental qualities of our domestic animals.
His brows drew in slightly with the mental effort of suitably phrasing thoughts which he had never before put into speech.
He by no means regarded man as the highest possible being which evolution could arrive at; for though his physical development may have reached its limit, this is not the case with his mental or spiritual attributes.
The exact definition of the word "mental" will, I hope, emerge as the lectures proceed; for the present, I shall mean by it whatever occurrences would commonly be called mental.
And the worst of it all," thought he, "is that just now, at the very moment when my great work is approaching completion" (he was thinking of the project he was bringing forward at the time), "when I stand in need of all my mental peace and all my energies, just now this stupid worry should fall foul of me.
He was no good in discussion, not because any amount of argument could shake his faith, but because the mere fact of hearing another voice disconcerted him painfully, confusing his thoughts at once - these thoughts that for so many years, in a mental solitude more barren than a waterless desert, no living voice had ever combatted, commented, or approved.
I ought to have told very circumstantial lies from the first," he said to himself, with a mortal distaste of the mere idea which silenced his mental utterance for quite a perceptible interval.
But although the bodily powers of the great man were thus impaired, his mental energies retained their pristine vigour.
A vigorous superstition, that lashes its gods or lashes its own back, seems to be more congruous with the mystery of the human lot, than the mental condition of these emmet-like Dodsons and Tullivers.