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have a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock

To be crazy; to act, think, or behave in an eccentric, foolish, or nonsensical manner. Primarily heard in Australia. Tommy must have a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock if he thinks he can convince our mother to let him get a tattoo for his birthday. There's an old lady who stands on the corner yelling at strangers all day. I think she might have a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock.
See also: few, have, kangaroo, loose, paddock, top

have kangaroos in (one's)/the top paddock

To act, think, or behave in an eccentric, foolish, or nonsensical manner; to be insane. Primarily heard in Australia. Tommy must have kangaroos in the top paddock if he thinks he can convince Mom to let him get a tattoo for his birthday. There's an old lady who stands on the corner yelling at strangers all day. I think she might have kangaroos in her top paddock.
See also: have, kangaroo, paddock, top

have kangaroos in your top paddock

or

have kangaroos in the top paddock

AUSTRALIAN, INFORMAL
If you say that someone has kangaroos in their top paddock or has kangaroos in the top paddock, you mean that they have strange ideas or are crazy. Some people think I must have a few kangaroos in the top paddock. Note: Roos can be used instead of kangaroos. A guy who pretends to understand women has got roos in his top paddock. Compare with have bats in the belfry. Note: A paddock is a small field next to a farm or stable. The idea is of having wild animals there instead of farm animals.
See also: have, kangaroo, paddock, top

have kangaroos in the (or your) top paddock

be mad or eccentric. Australian informal
1985 Peter Carey Illywacker ‘And he was a big man too, and possibly slow-witted.’ ‘Leichhardt?’ ‘No, Bourke…He had kangaroos in his top paddock.’
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We normally start our first paddock at the water source and move the paddock wire away from the water point every day (see illustrations).
When we put in back fences, each paddock had a more robust litter bank, a higher manure concentration, and a more complete rest period.
Post-experiment soil sampling was delayed in paddocks 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12 for up to several weeks because wet conditions prevented paddock access.
All except paddocks 6, 18 and 19 had <6 mm of rain in the first week after fertiliser application.
There is a Cresswell view home at The Paddocks, to give visitors a real feel for the development and to help them picture their life with George Wimpey.
Buyers looking for countryside living will find The Paddocks the perfect rural home.
The pattern of sediment texture variations down cores taken from reclamation paddocks suggests that parts of some cores arc missing.
We captured deer during March and May 2002 and transported them to the Colorado Division of Wildlife's Foothills Wildlife Research Facility, where they were confined in outdoor paddocks of [approximately equal to] 800 [m.
An Oakridge native, Paddock and his wife, Lynette, live in the house where he grew up on Cherry Street.
In effect you have created 16 paddocks (ignoring any regrazing of previous days' allocation).
A worker at the assisted living facility who overheard his comments checked his files and discovered that Stephen Paddock was listed as an emergency contact and informed the Los Angeles Police Department, hoping that authorities would be interested in talking to Bruce Paddock about his brother.
Las Vegas officials said during a press conference earlier this week that they believed "there was only one shooter," who they identified as Paddock.
Paddock and Danley reportedly dated for at least a few years after they met at a restaurant inside a casino in Reno, Nevada where Danley was employed.
Speaking from his home in Mesa, Arizona, Haig said: "I am the guy who sold ammunition to Stephen Paddock.
A report&nbsp;said Tuesday that Paddock had a habit of berating his girlfriend.