skull


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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.
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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

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.
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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

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

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.
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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.
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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
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out of one’s skull

mod. alcohol intoxicated. Oh, man, I drank till I was out of my skull.
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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 ?
That you are here, alive, shows that they may not intend to kill you at all, and so there is a chance for you if you do not anger them; but touch him in violence and your bleached skull will top the loftiest pedestal of Oo-oh.
The Wieroo raised his wings in a very human shrug and waved his bony claws toward the human skulls supporting the ceiling.
They rimmed the eaves of every house, they were set in the plaster of the outer walls and at no great distance from where Bradley stood rose a round tower built entirely of human skulls.
He looked again at the smooth, worn pavement, and a rueful grin crossed his features--the alley was paved with skulls.
In one corner was a pile of human skulls reaching almost to the ceiling and in another a stack of dried Wieroo wings.
Now, I suppose, you can find the left eye of the skull, or the place where the left eye has been.
Is de lef eye of de skull pon de same side as de lef hand of de skull, too?
was the skull nailed to the limb with the face outwards, or with the face to the limb?
My first idea, now, was mere surprise at the really remarkable similarity of outline - at the singular coincidence involved in the fact, that unknown to me, there should have been a skull upon the other side of the parchment, immediately beneath my figure of the scarabæus, and that this skull, not only in outline, but in size, should so closely resemble my drawing.
What bothers me," remarked Peter absently, "is that skull.
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.
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.
So let us cease this talk of skull crushing and converse upon more pleasant subjects.
As Owen has remarked, the benefit derived from the yielding of the separate pieces in the act of parturition of mammals, will by no means explain the same construction in the skulls of birds.
I've got a couple of skulls down in the crypt," he said; "come and see those.