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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.
See also: no, picnic

no picnic

Not an easy task; 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.
See also: no, picnic

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 or negative seem easy, simple, or pleasant 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.
See also: no

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.
See also: of, one, picnic, sandwich, short

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.
See also: no, picnic

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.
See also: no, picnic

picnic

n. a good time; an easy time. Nothing to it. A real picnic.

no picnic

No easy task; not an enjoyable experience. This term began to be used frequently in the late nineteenth century. Rudyard Kipling used it several times, as in Wee WillieWinkie (1888): “T’ain’t no bloomin’ picnic in those parts, I can tell you.”
See also: no, picnic
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However, some picnickers alleged that the policemen appeared more interested in extracting money rather than implementing the ban.
to round Souter Lighthouse at Whitburn will be opening until 10pm on children, parents, grandparents, June 26, with picnickers being invited to find the perfect spot in the grounds to watch as twilight descends over the North Sea and The Leas.
The lake, which is located some 130 kilometres to the north-east of Karachi and is spread over 13,468 hectares, is frequented by more than 12,000 picnickers every weekend mostly from Karachi and the rest of the province.
According to SHO Ehjaz Khan, the district administration, like previous years, had imposed ban on bathing in the reservoirs for protection of picnickers from drowning, under section 144 of CrPc.
While picnickers have blamed the incidents on the absence of lifeguards, authorities put the onus on picnickers for not being careful while swimming in rough seas amid poor security and administrative arrangements.
For years joggers, dog walkers, pram pushers, bikers picnickers and folk like myself, who found walking to work for 30 years over the moor a very healthy way of beginning and ending my day, enjoyed the moor.
THATTA -- Three picnickers, two sisters and another woman related to them, drowned in Keenjhar Lake on Friday when they lost balance on slippery steps leading up to Noori-Jam Tamachi's tomb and fell back into the lake.
PESHAWAR -- One killed and three other injured when a 10-wheeler truck loaded with cement bags slipped into River Kabul after a bridge linking Peshawar-Charsadda districts collapsed suddenly near Sardaryab, a suburban area situated between the two district and famous for picnickers.
ISLAMABAD -- The pleasent weather due to rain in many parts of the country continued to attract picnickers to visit recreational spots and enjoy weekend holidays.
Yet Hamas blames Israel for the suspected artillery shell that killed eight picnickers on a Gaza beach.
KARACHI -- A picnic party turned into a tragedy when three picnickers from Karachi drowned in the Hub dam in Balochistan on Thursday.
ISLAMABAD -- Lake View Park, , which ensnared the locals, non-natives and foreigner picnickers in its magic charm for years, because of its beauty and excursion facilities, has become a hub of professional beggars, as the park management is not paying any heed to control begging at the recreational spot.
The picnickers usually enjoy boating when they visit Sardaryab.
Karachi, a coastal city, witnesses a significant number of drowning incidents in the summer season, when picnickers swarm at the beaches to beat the soaring temperatures in the city.
The motor boating not only contaminates the lake water but also put lives of picnickers at risk as no safety arrangements have been put in place by the park management in case the boat capsized while wading through the water.