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have a mind like a sieve

To be exceptionally forgetful or absentminded. I need to start getting more sleep at night, because lately I've had a mind like a sieve. John has a mind like a sieve—I had to leave him three separate reminders about the play tomorrow night!
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a mind like a sieve

The tendency to be exceptionally forgetful or absentminded; a poor memory. I need to start getting more sleep at night, because lately I've had a mind like a sieve. John has a mind like a sieve—I had to leave him three separate reminders about the play tomorrow night!
See also: like, mind, sieve

have a memory like a sieve

To be exceptionally forgetful or absentminded. I need to start getting more sleep at night, because lately I've had a memory like a sieve. John has a memory like a sieve—I had to leave him three separate reminders about the play tomorrow night.
See also: have, like, memory, sieve

a mind like a sieve

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a brain like a sieve

If you have a mind like a sieve or a brain like a sieve, you have a bad memory and often forget things. He's lost his keys again — he's got a mind like a sieve, that boy.
See also: like, mind, sieve

have a mind/memory like a ˈsieve

(informal) forget things easily or quickly: I’m terribly sorry I didn’t remember your birthday — I’ve got a memory like a sieve.
A sieve is a kitchen tool with small holes in it, used for separating solids from liquids or very small pieces of food from larger pieces.
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Both studies found a high correlation when a uniform soil size was obtained on site either by grinding or by sieving.
The average EF, determined by sieving (Table 1), and the EF estimated from equation 5 are plotted in Fig 1.
The incorporation of specially designed showering nozzles allow the Hosokawa Micron Viblette[TM] VBL to achieve accurate sieving using just about a sixth of the amount of water used by conventional wet sieves.
1) The Finex Ultima[TM]: This vibro screen, exclusively available for Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, is engineered with many operational benefits including an open frame design for machine hygiene, a unique rubber suspension to provide maximum vibration to the sieve and achieve uniform sieving and consistent product quality, fewer contact parts for easy cleaning, tool-free assembly and disassembly and reduced noise levels.
A check sieving and vacuum conveying arrangement will be working on the stand demonstrating how a completely dust and contaminant free system can be achieved utilising a 'Slimline' check sieve within an 'Easilift' dispensing station and conveying to the next process for 3 metres up to 100 metres away if required
In order to reach the desired efficiency level, Premier Foods specified that the new system should be capable of sieving at a rate of 50kg/min, elevate the sieved powder into large tote bins, manage a variety of powders with varying product characteristics, ensure the complete unit could be wheeled away into a designated cleaning area so that a second unit could quickly take its place on the line and minimise dust levels, with certification for an ATEX Zone 22 environment.
The shaker's control accepts sieve stacks from 100 mm to 8" diameter and is suitable for dry or wet sieving.
The sieving stage of the bread production process is designed to remove any foreign matter from the ingredients being screened.
They are also suitable for organizations with high volume Test Sieving environments and organizations involved with ISO or other quality management systems.
In a sieving process it is not just the sieving time itself that has to be taken into consideration, but also the time required for preparing and weighing the sieves and then for reweighing and cleaning them.
Leaders in fine mesh technology, Russell Finex will showcase their innovative range of sieving and filtration units including the two latest editions to the range, the Blow Thru Sieve and the Mini Sifter.
They can be used for wet sieving without any problems, With a reduced total weight they still have an unusually large free sieving area.
Within the unit is the powerful vibratory check sieving machine the Sievmaster 'SLIMLINE'.
It accurately weighs and remembers the net weight of the sieves and receiver before sieving.
Farleygreene are celebrating 30 years of supplying sieving equipment.