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
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References in classic literature ?
THEN the mouse came out of her jam pot, and Benjamin took the paper bag off his head, and they told the doleful tale.
No," said the genius, "I shall kill you as you killed my son," and so saying, he seized the merchant by the arm, threw him on the ground, and lifted his sabre to cut off his head.
When the merchant saw that the genius was determined to cut off his head, he said: "One word more, I entreat you.
A long while after, he went to walk one day in the wood, and the old fox met him, and besought him with tears in his eyes to kill him, and cut off his head and feet.
Take the papers that are with this, the diaries of Harker and the rest, and read them, and then find this great UnDead, and cut off his head and burn his heart or drive a stake through it, so that the world may rest from him.
He is so abnormally clever that if he went off his head he would carry out his intent with regard to some fixed idea in a wonderful way.
The hero took fire at this proposal, and answered with the highest indignation that nothing should make him forsake his heavenly Master to follow an impostor, and continued in the severest terms to vilify their false prophet, till Mahomet struck off his head.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ahrar al-Sham will not allow the Fatah al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front) religious judge, Abdullah al-Moheiseni, to enter the group's territories in Idlib, and warned to cut off his head, opposition sources said Tuesday.
ve spoken to him and he's making jokes same as ever - he's off his head on morphine.
Li repeatedly stabbed McLean, who had been asleep on the seat next to him, cut off his head, removed his internal organs, pocketed his nose, tongue and an ear, and taunted police and bystanders with the severed head.
They stole dhs14,600 from him and then phoned this brother and demanded dhs5,000 or they would cut off his head.
Cruzeiro's 19-year-old midfielder Kerlon has caused something of a flap in Brazil with his 'seal dribble' - where he repeatedly bounces the ball off his head to run around defenders.
Indicate the level of vividness/graphicness, using the following as a general guide: Basic: cut off his head Graphic: cut off his head, blood gushed onto floor Very graphic: cut off his head, blood gushed onto floor, splattered on wall, and head bounced on the floor Extremely graphic: cut off his head, blood gushed onto floor, splattered on wall, and head bounced on the floor, and his brains slowly oozed out onto the carpet in a purple gray mass
The ball ricocheted off his head and was caught by shortstop Michael Young.
An own goal on 40 minutes by Ben Shardlow when a high ball in the gale-force wind was deflected off his head into the net restored Llangefni's lead but Beck had the final say for under-strength Flint with his second on 86 minutes