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stupid is as stupid does

One's actions indicate one's level of stupidity (or intelligence). The phrase was popularized by the film Forrest Gump. Of course that fool backed his car into own house! Stupid is as stupid does! Stupid is as stupid does, so judge her on her actions, not your first impression.
See also: does, stupid

as (something) as they come

Said of someone or something that displays a trait or characteristic to the utmost degree. Bryce is as talented as they come. Once you see him on stage, you'll agree. These strawberries are as fresh as they come. They were literally just picked!
See also: come

How (something) is that?

That is very (something). Adjectives commonly used in this construction include "strange," "cool," and "awesome," among others. Did you know that hummingbirds can fly backwards? How cool is that? A: "Frank spent prom night home alone playing video games. How sad is that?" B: "Actually, that sounds pretty great."
See also: how

How (something) can you be?

A rhetorical question used to indicate that someone or something shows an extraordinary amount of some negative characteristic or trait. Now the banks are talking about selling off people's mortgages to vulture funds to make a quick buck. How greedy can you be? My roommate turned off the house's hot water heater over the winter break because he thought it would save energy, but all the pipes burst and the entire house flooded. Man, how dumb can you be?
See also: can, how

How (something) can you get?

A rhetorical question used to indicate that someone or something shows an extraordinary amount of some negative characteristic or trait. Now the banks are talking about selling off people's mortgages to vulture funds to make a quick buck. How greedy can you get? My roommate turned off the house's hot water heater over the winter break because he thought it would save energy, but all the pipes burst and the entire house flooded. Man, how dumb can you get?
See also: can, how

of all the

Used to express great annoyance, exasperation, impatience, or frustration with someone or something. You put diesel fuel into the car? Of all the stupid, careless things to do—now the car is ruined! Of all the nerve, implying that I'm somehow to blame for the project's failure!
See also: all, of

so (something) it isn't true

Someone or something has so much of a particular characteristic or quality that it is hard to believe. Don't believe a word he says; that politician is so corrupt it isn't true!
See also: true

ask a stupid question and you'll get a stupid answer

If one asks a strange or nonsensical question, the listener will probably respond with a similarly strange or nonsensical answer. A: "What the heck are you talking about? All I did was ask if you think I should dress my cat up for Halloween!" B: "Well, ask a stupid question and you'll get a stupid answer!"
See also: and, answer, ask, get, question, stupid

stupid fresh

slang Exceptionally and refreshingly cool, trendy, or fashionable. We all thought those kinds of jeans were stupid fresh back in 2002, but they look downright silly now. He's making a name for himself in the hip-hop scene, laying down some stupid fresh beats and rhymes.
See also: fresh, stupid

stupid-ass

1. rude slang Extremely and irritatingly stupid or foolish. Used before a noun. I really wish you'd give it a rest with those stupid-ass comments. You wouldn't have to ask if you just read the book like everyone else! I just don't see why everyone likes this movie. It's visuals are dull, the characters are all one-dimensional, and it has a stupid-ass plot that goes nowhere!
2. rude slang Very annoying, aggravating, or infuriating. Used before a noun. Oh, for God's sake—this stupid-ass computer crashed on me again! I'm so sick of this stupid-ass class! I just want to be done with it already!

get stupid drunk

slang To become extremely intoxicated. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You guys really got stupid drunk.
See also: drunk, get, stupid

ask a stupid question and you'll get a stupid answer

Also, ask a silly question. Your query doesn't deserve a proper answer, as in Am I hungry? ask a stupid question! One authority believes this idiom is a variant of ask me no questions and I'll tell you no fibs, which appeared in Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops to Conquer (1773) and was frequently repeated thereafter. [Early 1800s]
See also: and, answer, ask, get, question, stupid

of ˌall the ˈcheek, ˈnerve, stupid things to ˈdo, etc.!

(informal) used to express annoyance, impatience, etc. at what another person has done or said: Of all the idiots, leaving his car unlocked in the middle of town!
This expression is often used without a noun, especially to show that somebody is annoyed: She said I was fat? Well, of all the ...!
See also: all, of, stupid, thing

as ˌclever, ˌstupid, etc. as they ˈcome

very clever, stupid, etc: He’s just about as mean as they come. He wouldn’t even lend me a couple of dollars!
See also: come

how selfish, stupid, ungrateful, etc. can you ˈget?

(spoken) used to express surprise or disapproval that somebody has been so selfish, stupid, etc: I can’t believe he didn’t even say thank you. How ungrateful can you get?
See also: can, how

so ˌbad, ˌstupid, etc. it isn’t ˈtrue

(informal) used to emphasize that somebody/something is very bad, stupid, etc: His brother is so lazy it isn’t true!
See also: true

dumb-ass

and stupid-ass
1. mod. stupid; dumb. (Usually derogatory.) That was a real dumb-ass thing to do. That is so stupid-ass!
2. n. a stupid person. (Rude and derogatory.) Don’t be such a dumb-ass! You know what I mean!

stupid-ass

verb

get stupid

in. to become intoxicated; to make oneself alcohol or drug intoxicated. It’s been one totally screwed up week. I think I’ll just stay home tonight and get stupid.
See also: get, stupid

hit by the stupid stick

mod. made to act really stupid. Nobody can be that dumb. You must have been hit by the stupid stick.
See also: by, hit, stick, stupid

stupid

mod. drunk. (see also get stupid.) These kids are so stupid they can’t see straight. They’re all going to be sick.

stupid fresh

mod. very, very good. (see also fresh, funky fresh.) Her looks were stupid fresh. Bonus!
See also: fresh, stupid

There’s no such thing as a stupid question

and TNSTAASQ
sent. & comp. abb. Go ahead and ask your question without referring to it as stupid. There’s no such thing as a stupid question. But keep trying, you’re getting close.
See also: no, question, stupid, such, thing

ask a silly/stupid question (and you'll get a silly/stupid answer)

A response to an unsatisfying answer or to one that is a put-down. Eric Partridge believed this nineteenth-century retort evolved from the proverb ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies, but the two clichés are not identical.
See also: ask, get, question, silly, stupid

it's the economy, stupid

Failing to address economic problems. The phrase was invented by Bill Clinton’s strategist, James Carville, during Clinton’s 1992 campaign for the presidency. Carville suggested Clinton was a better choice for president than George H. W. Bush because Bush had failed to do anything about a recent recession. It hung as a sign on Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas. The New York Times writer and Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman used it: “What political scientists . . . tell us is that it really is the economy, stupid” (July 18, 2010). The term not only was repeated enough to become a cliché but gave rise to similar locutions for blame, such as “it’s the voters, stupid” or “it’s the oil spill, stupid.”
See also: stupid
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green agenda began to lose steam and the respect of mainstream Americans when everyone stupidly jumped on the "global warming" agenda.
I don't want to stupidly accuse Heidegger of having been a Nazi," Lacoue-Labar the says, as if that would be too vulgar--an odd statement, since Heidegger was a Nazi.
Bush lied about every one of his reasons to send American troops to Iraq, and the country smiled stupidly and accepted it, even after the lies were shown to us.
Another way to be a fool--a very alluring way--is that of falsifying the past by idealizing it--by stupidly disregarding its vices, misery, ignorance, slothfulness, and folly, and stupidly magnifying its virtues, happiness, knowledge, achievements and wisdom; it is the way of the self-complacent--the way of those who, being comfortably situated and prosperous, are opposed to change; the past, they say, was wise for it produced the present and the present is good--let us alone.
It's visible, for example, In the footage of Saddam wielding a great sword with a single hand as his Ba'athist sycophants applaud stupidly.
But I should credit the Post for recently putting on its front page the story, reported here several months ago, of how the Pentagon stupidly discharged fluent Arabic speakers simply because they were gay, even though they were desperately needed by our forces in Iraq.
Let's be bold for something stupidly hopeful and innocent and merciful.
Maynard is still a brilliant talent, even if he does get himself run out stupidly at times.
The most recent casualty was a 23-year-old overweight big-league pitcher who stupidly showed up in training camp about 35 pounds overweight.
and I stupidly chose to spend my first minutes in the car hunting for her cell phone.
And Jean-Luc Godard's Eloge de l'amour is as masterful in its visual poetry as it is obsessively, even stupidly anti-American.
Stupidly, despite all protestations of love and brotherhood to the contrary, my generation failed to notice that the revolutionary spirit we so eagerly espoused is driven, not by what it can love, but by what it can hate.
from his godfather 3 Not clever of him to be taped offering to help fellow Old Etonian Darius Guppy, a right bad 'un, beat up a hack 4 Johnson was brain dead to describe as "chicken feed" an extra PS250,000 on top of his PS144,000 London Mayor's salary 5 Stupidly delivering an attentionseeking speech dismissing voters as thick confirmed why he's unlikely ever to be PM
The dresses are not stupidly expensive but they are elegant and beautiful," she added.