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be out of (one's) skull

To be heavily intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, especially to the point of becoming unconscious, nonsensical, or out of control. Jane always gets really violent when she's out of her skull like that. I had to take my brother away from the party because he was out of his skull on LSD.
See also: of, out, skull

bored out of (one's) skull

Extremely bored to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. I was bored out of my skull listening to that lecture this afternoon.
See also: bore, of, out, skull

get (something) into (someone's) thick skull

To make someone or oneself acknowledge, accept, or understand something when they are obtuse. Look, just get it into your thick skull: we're moving, and there's nothing that's going to change that now. I don't know how else to get it into her thick skull that I want to break up.
See also: get, skull, thick

get (something) through (someone's) thick skull

To make someone or oneself acknowledge, accept, or understand something when they are obtuse. Look, just get it through your thick skull: we're moving, and there's nothing that's going to change that now. I don't know how else to get it through her thick skull that I want to break up.
See also: get, skull, thick, through

hammer (something) into (one's) thick skull

To commit some piece of information into one's or someone else's long-term memory, especially through intense repetition. How many times do I have to hammer it into your thick skull? Do not drive my car unless I give you permission first! I've just been trying to hammer these formulas into my thick skull for the big test tomorrow!
See also: hammer, skull, thick

have a thick skull

1. To be dim-witted, stupid, or an especially slow learner. I've always had a thick skull when it comes to math.
2. To be inflexible or stubborn; to be overly willful or obstinate. Our son has such a thick skull. Once he's made up his mind about something, there's no way anyone can change it!
3. Literally, to have an especially dense skull, often said humorously after receiving a mild blow to the skull. A: "Oops! Sorry, I didn't mean to hit you!" B: "It's OK, I have a thick skull!"
See also: have, skull, thick

out of (one's) skull

Heavily intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, especially to the point of becoming unconscious, nonsensical, or out of control. I think someone might have spiked Jack's drink with some kind of drug, because he's out of his skull all of a sudden.
See also: of, out, skull

pissed out of (one's) skull

rude slang Extremely drunk to the point of being out of control or incomprehensible. It wasn't until we started doing shots that I got absolutely pissed out of my skull. Dana was so pissed out of her skull that she couldn't even say her own name.
See also: of, out, pissed, skull

pound (something) into (one's) thick skull

To commit some piece of information into one's or someone else's long-term memory, especially through intense repetition. How many times do I have to pound it into your thick skull? Do not drive my car unless I give you permission first! I've just been trying to pound these formulas into my thick skull for the big test tomorrow!
See also: pound, skull, thick

skull-buster

1. slang An intensely painful headache or migraine. It started as just a twinge of pain in my forehead, but by the end of the day I was in the throes a full-blown skull-buster. It was a great night, but I woke up with a real skull-buster and the worst nausea of my life.
2. slang Something very confusing, complicated, or puzzling. A: "There just doesn't seem to be a way we can reach our quotas without going over budget." B: "It's a skull-buster, to be sure." I love trying to figure out the crosswords in the newspaper each Sunday. Today's is a total skull-buster!

skull-popper

1. slang An intensely painful headache or migraine. It started as just a twinge of pain in my forehead, but by the end of the day I was in the throes a full-blown skull-popper. It was a great night, but I woke up with a real skull-popper and the worst nausea of my life.
2. slang Something very confusing, complicated, or puzzling. A: "There just doesn't seem to be a way we can reach our quotas without going over budget." B: "It's a skull-popper, to be sure." I love trying to figure out the crosswords in the newspaper each Sunday. Today's is a total skull-popper!
3. slang Something that stimulates one's senses to an extreme degree. Wow, this beer you gave me is a real skull-popper! What's the alcohol per volume on that stuff?

get something through someone's thick skull

 and get something into someone's thick head
Fig. to manage to get someone, including oneself, to understand something. He can't seem to get it through his thick skull that he has to study to pass the exam. If I could get this into my thick head once, I'd remember it.
See also: get, skull, thick, through

*out of one's skull

Sl. intoxicated. (*Typically: be ~; go ~.) Oh, man, I drank till I was out of my skull. Two beers and he went out of his skull.
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out of your skull

1 out of your mind; crazy. 2 very drunk. informal
See also: of, out, skull

out of one’s skull

mod. alcohol intoxicated. Oh, man, I drank till I was out of my skull.
See also: of, out, skull

skull-buster

and skull-popper
1. n. a difficult course in school or college. The course was a skull-buster, and I had to drop it.
2. n. a police officer. (Refers to the striking of skulls.) Two skull-poppers came up and started asking questions.

skull-popper

verb
References in classic literature ?
"But," I interposed, "you say that the skull was not upon the parchment when you made the drawing of the beetle.
I reasoned, for example, thus: When I drew the scarabæus, there was no skull apparent upon the parchment.
At first, the only effect was the strengthening of the faint lines in the skull; but, upon persevering in the experiment, there became visible, at the corner of the slip, diagonally opposite to the spot in which the death's-head was delineated, the figure of what I at first supposed to be a goat.
I now thought it possible that the coating of dirt might have something to do with the failure; so I carefully rinsed the parchment by pouring warm water over it, and, having done this, I placed it in a tin pan, with the skull downwards, and put the pan upon a furnace of lighted charcoal.
I thought he even looked as if he were thinking, with complacent vanity, that his own skull would look well on top of the heap and his own ribs add a charm to the frescoes which possibly they lacked at present.
The skinny hands were clasped upon the breast; two lustreless tufts of hair stuck to the skull; the skin was brown and sunken; it stretched tightly over the cheek bones and made them stand out sharply; the crisp dead eyes were deep in the sockets; the nostrils were painfully prominent, the end of the nose being gone; the lips had shriveled away from the yellow teeth: and brought down to us through the circling years, and petrified there, was a weird laugh a full century old!
There were shapely arches, built wholly of thigh bones; there were startling pyramids, built wholly of grinning skulls; there were quaint architectural structures of various kinds, built of shin bones and the bones of the arm; on the wall were elaborate frescoes, whose curving vines were made of knotted human vertebrae; whose delicate tendrils were made of sinews and tendons; whose flowers were formed of knee-caps and toe-nails.
The folks had not been at all troubled about us, but it was because they were sure the storm had come up before we would think of leaving Cousin Mattie's and not because they had received any mysterious message from Peg's skull. We were relieved at this, but on the whole, our adventure had not done much towards clearing up the vexed question of Peg's witchcraft.
Casting a stealthy glance around, ere Peg withdrew the light, I was relieved to see that there were no skulls in sight.
To this the novice made rejoinder, that he would take the vow, though it should choke him; and it was accordingly administered with many impressive circumstances, among which the lighting up of the two skulls with a candle-end inside of each, and a great many flourishes with the bone, were chiefly conspicuous; not to mention a variety of grave exercises with the blunderbuss and sabre, and some dismal groaning by unseen 'prentices without.
A death's head grimaced as though a man long dead raised his parchment-covered skull from an old grave.
The ears were small and rested flat against the skull, which was noticeably round, though the face was quite flat.
Upon each house was a slender column supporting a human skull. Sometimes the columns were at one corner of the roof, sometimes at another, or again they rose from the center or near the center, and the columns were of varying heights, from that of a man to those which rose twenty feet above their roofs.
"I've got a couple of skulls down in the crypt," he said; "come and see those.
"Oh, come and see the skulls; come back and see the skulls!"