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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.
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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.
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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
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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 ?
Oh, Marilla," she exclaimed breathlessly, "there's going to be a Sunday-school picnic next week--in Mr.
And then, of course, I had to tell Matthew about the picnic.
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.
I warmed soup in a little apparatus I have for such occasions, which helped to take the chilliness off the sandwiches,--this is the only unpleasant part of a winter picnic, the clammy quality of the provisions just when you most long for something very hot.
He told them that that sort of thing was half the fun of a picnic.
The little house folk lived much in it, and were given to taking picnic suppers in the grassy corner beyond the brook and sitting about in it through the twilights when great night moths sailed athwart the velvet gloom.
TO celebrate National Picnic week, the pupils of Ysgol y Graig, Llangefni have been enjoying lunch time picnics with a difference.
As a result of the change, picnics are now only allowed in a designated area of the Grandstand Enclosure.
Nationally, 18 to 24-year-olds are resisting the urge to follow the tradition of family picnics with only 29% picnicking annually, compared to 41% of Brits aged over 25.
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.
Winterbourne House and Garden, Edgbaston Picnics are allowed anywhere except the terrace or top lawn.
e charity has launched its Poppy Picnics campaign in the Midlands and is calling on people to join in the fundraising idea.