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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

It is not an easy task; it is unenjoyable or challenging. I love kids, but watching 20 of them at once? It's no picnic, believe me! It's no picnic spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon cleaning out the garage.
See also: no, picnic

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.

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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