out to lunch


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out to (some meal)

Away from one's normal location to eat a particular meal. Do you want to go out to brunch tomorrow? Sorry, the boss is out to lunch right now. Can I leave a message?
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out to lunch

1. Literally, having left one's home or workplace to get lunch. I received an automated email from the accountant saying that she was out to lunch.
2. Figuratively, not connected or in touch with the real world; absentminded or uninformed. Jim's been a bit out to lunch lately, don't you think? Sorry, what did you say? I was out to lunch there for a minute.
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out to lunch

 
1. Lit. eating lunch away from one's place of work or activity. I'm sorry, but Sally Jones is out to lunch. May I take a message? She's been out to lunch for nearly two hours. When will she be back?
2. and out of it Fig. not alert; giddy; uninformed. Bill is really out of it. Why can't he pay attention? Don't be out of it, John. Wake up! Ann is really out to lunch these days.
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out to lunch

Not in touch with the real world, crazy; also, inattentive. For example, If he believes that story, he's really out to lunch, or Anne hasn't heard a word you said-she's out to lunch. This expression transfers a temporary physical absence for the purpose of eating to a temporary or permanent mental absence. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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out to lunch

INFORMAL
If you describe someone as out to lunch, you mean that they are behaving in a crazy way or are not aware of what is happening around them. I could not think how to reply. Now he would think I was out to lunch. Note: You can use out-to-lunch before a noun. He must be the most out-to-lunch chief executive in America.
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out to lunch

crazy; insane. informal
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ˌout to ˈlunch

(informal, especially American English) crazy, stupid or confused: She has talent physically but mentally she’s out to lunch.I respect his scholarship, but he’s out to lunch on this matter.
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out to lunch

mod. absentminded; giddy; stupid acting. (see also OTL.) Old Ted is so out to lunch these days. Seems to be losing his mind.
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out to lunch

Slang
Not in touch with the real world; crazy.
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out to lunch

Extremely absentminded or stupid; also, crazy. The Science Digest of August 1955 defined this mid-twentieth-century slangy expression: “‘Out to lunch’ refers to someone who, in other years, just wasn’t ‘there’— and he is told immediately to ‘Get with it.’” See also the quotation under mean streak.
See also: lunch, out