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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.
See also: no, picnic

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.
See also: no, picnic

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.
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THE French started the modern fashion for picnics when they opened their royal parks.
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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.
5% of people in the region will picnic regardless of the season - the lowest figure across the UK - according to research by Primula Cheese, which has its UK headquarters in Gateshead's Team Valley.
Hartshill Hayes Country Park, near Nuneaton Picnics are welcome at this north Warwickshire park (but not barbecues or fires) and there's also a tea kiosk open on Saturdays and Sunday from 11am to 2.
But there is one thing us Brits have always done well - the Great British Picnic.
TO celebrate the upcoming Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair, taking place over June bank holiday from May 31 to June 3, we're offering FIVE lucky readers the chance to win a family picnic pass AND a picnic basket courtesy of Hampers & Co.
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We at World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) are encouraging people to hold their own Wildflower Picnics and raise valuable funds for our cancer prevention research and education programmes.
For directions to Amelia Earhart Park, to RSVP, and to see photos from past picnics, go to www.
Urban picnics are a trend and following right along is The Urban Picnic, a cookbook designed to inspire both cooks and kitchen novices to introduce the 'urban picnic' concept into their lives.
It's possible that some employees haven't gone to past picnics precisely because they are not interested in sharing their personal lives with their co-workers.