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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

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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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If you do plan to use intensive/rotational grazing, how many paddocks or pasture sub-divisions should you shoot for?
"From 1898 to 2018, that family was the Paddocks, who blessed us with a relentless tradition of community service.
"Set amid sweeping countryside with open fields stretching away to the west, The Paddocks is an ideal location for those looking for peace and tranquillity away from the bustle of city life."
Nearly 120 years after the date Hosea Cornish Paddock bought the newspaper that would become the Daily Herald, his descendants have sold it to employees.
When word went out Thursday that as part of the company's conversion into full employee ownership, the Paddock family is in the process of selling its 120-year interest in the Daily Herald, we immediately began hearing from former co-workers from all across the country.
The day will look at how to make paddock grazing work on the farm, optimising sheep and cattle performance from pasture and the financial benefits to be gained from improving soil health and grass.
With none of the fifth generation of Paddocks wanting a career in the family business, the fourth-generation Paddocks say they did the next best thing by selling it to the employees.
Buyers can be settled into this contemporary housetype at The Paddocks in Longframlington in time for the festive season, and with a range of offers and incentives available now is a great time to buy."
Nineteen individual, month-long field experiments were conducted from 2011 to 2013 in farmers' paddocks across north-western New South Wales, Australia.
Forty-five cores and 11 grab samples were taken from the Fisherman Islands reclamation paddocks 1, 2, 3, 5, and S2 during 1993 (Figs 2, 3, and 4), representing different stages of sediment deposition and ageing.
Under experimental conditions, mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) became infected in two of three paddocks containing naturally infected deer, in two of three paddocks where infected deer carcasses had decomposed in situ [approximately equal to] 1.8 years earlier, and in one of three paddocks where infected deer had last resided 2.2 years earlier.
Furry friends: The Paddocks are on their third Australian-bred dog, Nutmeg.
Both have wonderful paddocks, pre-paddocks and proper winner's enclosures.