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a few sandwiches short of a picnic

A pejorative phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. It can appear in many different forms and variations (for example: a few bricks shy of a load, a few cards shy of a full deck, etc.). He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets. I think he may be a few sandwiches short of a picnic.
See also: few, of, picnic, sandwich, short

a sandwich shy of a picnic

A pejorative phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. This expression can appear in many different forms and variations (e.g., several bricks short of a load," "one card shy of a full deck," etc.). He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets—I think he may be a sandwich shy of a picnic. The new manager is nice enough, but he's a sandwich shy of a picnic, if you ask me.
See also: of, picnic, sandwich, shy

one sandwich shy of a picnic

A pejorative phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. This expression can appear in many different forms and variations (e.g., several bricks short of a load," "one card shy of a full deck," etc.). He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets—I think he may be one sandwich shy of a picnic. The new manager is nice enough, but he's one sandwich shy of a picnic, if you ask me.
See also: of, one, picnic, sandwich, shy

be no picnic

To be not an easy task; to be unenjoyable or challenging. I love kids, but watching 20 of them at once is no picnic, believe me! Spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon cleaning out the garage is no picnic.
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be one sandwich short of a picnic

To be not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. It can appear in many different forms and variations (for example: a few bricks shy of a load, a few cards shy of a full deck, etc.) He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets. I think he may be one sandwich short of a picnic.
See also: of, one, picnic, sandwich, short

one sandwich short of a picnic

A pejorative phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. It can appear in many different forms and variations (for example: one card short of a full deck, one brick shy of a full load, etc.). He says he's going to start a business selling bees as pets—I think he may be one sandwich short of a picnic. The new manager is nice enough, but he's one sandwich short of a picnic, if you ask me.
See also: of, one, picnic, sandwich, short

make (something) seem like a picnic

To be so difficult, complicated, or harmful as to make something else that is normally very difficult seem easy or simple by comparison. If we don't act now, the financial crisis waiting for us will make the last recession seem like a picnic.
See also: like, make, picnic, seem

It's no picnic!

Inf. There is nothing easy or pleasant about it. I was on welfare for a year, and it's no picnic.

one sandwich short of a picnic

Inf. not very smart; lacking intelligence. (Jocular.) Poor Bob just isn't too bright. He's one sandwich short of a picnic. She's not stupid. Just one sandwich short of a picnic.
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no picnic

Difficult, no fun, as in Recovering from abdominal surgery is no picnic. This expression, alluding to a picnic as a pleasant occasion, was first recorded in 1888.
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be no picnic

INFORMAL
If an experience, job, or activity is no picnic, it is difficult or unpleasant. `Poor little things,' she said of the children. `It's no picnic for them being taken away from their homes.' Being unemployed is no picnic.
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one sandwich short of a picnic

INFORMAL
If you say someone is one sandwich short of a picnic, you mean they are stupid or crazy. His daughter confirmed that her father was definitely one sandwich short of a picnic. Note: This expression is very variable. People often replace sandwich and picnic with other nouns, and one with a few. The guy was obviously several cards short of a full deck. Miss Martin is clearly one tent peg short of a full set. Note: These expressions are used humorously.
See also: of, one, picnic, sandwich, short

be no picnic

be difficult or unpleasant. informal
2001 Rant While Cheung looks elegant…in the 25 different versions of the cheongsam dress she wears in the film, moving in the garments was no picnic.
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a sandwich (or two sandwiches) short of a picnic

(of a person) stupid or crazy. informal
See also: of, picnic, sandwich, short

be no ˈpicnic

(informal) be difficult or unpleasant: Living with someone like her is no picnic, believe me.
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picnic

n. a good time; an easy time. Nothing to it. A real picnic.
References in classic literature ?
I can't cook, as you know, Marilla, and--and--I don't mind going to a picnic without puffed sleeves so much, but I'd feel terribly humiliated if I had to go without a basket.
But for the rest of the week she talked picnic and thought picnic and dreamed picnic.
On Sunday Anne confided to Marilla on the way home from church that she grew actually cold all over with excitement when the minister announced the picnic from the pulpit.
I don't think I'd ever really believed until then that there was honestly going to be a picnic.
Isle of Anglesey County Council's Waste Management Section have been working with the school to teach children how to minimise the waste associated with an everyday picnic and the school sat down to enjoy tasty treats without any of the rubbish that a normal picnic might generate.
A special Picnic Enclosure Ticket priced at PS25 and available to up to 4,000 people is available to those who wish to bring their own food and picnic furniture (excluding gazebos and windbreakers) into the grounds.
The survey, carried out to mark National Picnic Week which runs until Sunday, also found the North East to be the region most likely to take a dog on the picnic at 20%, while only 7% of picnickers would pack electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones or radios.
DENVER, May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Choose Colorado Pop-up Picnics -- a summer-long series of farm-fresh, modern picnics celebrating locally-grown produce -- will pop up on the lawns of Front Range and Western Slope festivals, concerts and farmers' markets, as Colorado Proud refreshes the six-century-old, historical picnic with a new, "local" approach.
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As sheriff, hosting the annual senior picnic is one of the biggest highlights of the year; it's always a great honor to give back to our seniors who have given so much to their communities.
The Lea Specialty Picnic Table Covers enables its users to quickly and effortlessly cover a picnic table.
It's the last remaining Georgian Square in the city and was voted one of the UK's top urban picnic areas by the Independent.
From left are Anna Quire, Robert Lennox, Rebekah Hayes and Nathan Bibbon of After Adoption, who are planning their picnic
We celebrate all aspects of picnicking and this year, National Picnic Week is set to be bigger than ever," says ambassador Rosie Shipp.