off (one's) head

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off (one's) head

1. Crazy, insane, or eccentric. Often used humorously or sarcastically. I think you're off your head for changing careers this late in life, but, hey, follow your dreams. He's off his head if he thinks he can get that engine fixed by this weekend. My auntie likes to let people think she's off her head, but she's actually incredibly clever and witty.
2. Severely intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. No wonder he's failing—he's off his head damn near every night! We all popped the pills and were off our heads by the time the concert started.
See also: head, off

off one's head

Also, off one's nut or rocker or trolley or chump . Crazy, out of one's mind, as in You're off your head if you think I'll pay your debts, or I think Jerry's gone off his nut over that car, or When she said we had to sleep in the barn we thought she was off her rocker, or The old man's been off his trolley for at least a year. The expression using head is colloquial and dates from the mid-1800s, nut has been slang for "head" since the mid-1800s; rocker, dating from the late 1800s, may allude to an elderly person falling from a rocking chair; trolley, also dating from the late 1800s, may be explained by George Ade's use of it in Artie (1896): "Any one that's got his head full of the girl proposition's liable to go off his trolley at the first curve." The last, chump, is also slang for "head" and was first recorded in 1859.
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off your head

BRITISH, INFORMAL or

out of your head

INFORMAL
1. If someone is off their head or out of their head, they are crazy. You must be off your head to live in this area. If he didn't kill anybody it was only by luck because he was out of his head and screaming like a maniac.
2. If someone is off their head or out of their head, they have taken so many drugs or drunk so much alcohol that they do not know what they are doing. Basically, this song sounds great when you're off your head on Ecstasy. These days I get out of my head on one glass of wine.
See also: head, off

off (or out of) your head

1 mad or crazy. 2 extremely drunk or severely under the influence of illegal drugs. informal
See also: head, off
References in classic literature ?
He used to marry a new wife every day, and chop off her head next morn- ing.
I shall cut off her head and fill her mouth with garlic, and I shall drive a stake through her body.
She claims the man raped her while his friend raped the Ukrainian woman in the car, threatening to chop off her head if she refused.
CHARLES Saatchi referred to his former wife Nigella Lawson as "Higella" and accused her of being so off her head on drugs that she allowed their personal assistants to spend the couple's money on whatever they liked, a court has heard.
She fails on the son front, so he severs off her head and goes on to marry four more times.
Of course when she meets Chumley's orderly Wilson (James Van Patton), she takes the ugly kerchief off her head, shakes out her hair and removes her glasses.
The female hippo, mother of his five babies, responded by gently resting her head inside his mouth - at which point the nasty Arun snapped his jaws shut and bit off her head.
Poor thing, it sounds as though Sven, who is patron of the group, has banged his Mitre off her head once too often.
SANTA ANA - Two half-brothers were charged Tuesday with murdering their mother after being accused of cutting off her head and hands to conceal her identity in an idea they got from the popular TV show ``The Sopranos.
A TEENAGER and his half-brother strangled their mother and copied an episode of hit TV crime series The Sopranos by chopping off her head and hands, it was alleged yesterday.
DORIS Day is living in fear of a sinister stalker who has threatened to cut off her head.
She told the Kosovo patrol that Serb paramilitaries raped the girl, cut off her head with a machete and then paraded it through the house before forcing her to add it to the soup.
But a few months after she finished her creation, McDill wore the hat on her annual visit to New Mexico and was stopped on the street by people wanting to buy it right off her head.
Fergie reckons royal aides would love to cut off her head, just like in the olden days.
She told the patrol that Serb paramilitaries raped the girl, cut off her head with a machete and then paraded it through the house before forcing her to add it to her soup.