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be off (one's) trolley

slang To be crazy and/or wacky. Usually used humorously. Don't listen to a word he says, he's off his trolley! You're off your trolley if you think that plan will work.
See also: off, trolley

now you're on the trolley

Now you understand what I mean or how to do this. A: "So this piece slots in here, and we connect these two wires together, right?" B: "Yeah, now you're on the trolley!"
See also: now, on, trolley

off (one's) trolley

Crazy or insane. When he told me about his plan to renovate the old, condemned house, I immediately thought he was off his trolley. You must be off your trolley if you think you can lift that heavy box by yourself.
See also: off, trolley

slip (one's) trolley

1. slang To become insane; to go mad. Usually used jocularly or sarcastically. You've slipped your trolley if you think that plan will work! My poor granny is starting to slip her trolley. She called me Darlene the other day—that's the name of her dead cat!
2. slang To become uncontrollably angry. My parents are going to slip their trolley if they find out I took the car without asking! Cool it, man—don't slip your trolley. We'll find a way to get it working again.
See also: slip, trolley
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*off one's rocker

 and *off one's nut; *off one's trolley
Fig. crazy; silly. (*Typically: be ~; go ~.) Sometimes, Bob, I think you're off your rocker. Good grief, John. You're off your nut.
See also: off, rocker

slip one's trolley

Sl. to become a little crazy; to lose one's composure. I was afraid I would slip my trolley. He slipped his trolley and went totally bonkers.
See also: slip, trolley
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

off one's head

Also, off one's nut or rocker or trolley or chump . Crazy, out of one's mind, as in You're off your head if you think I'll pay your debts, or I think Jerry's gone off his nut over that car, or When she said we had to sleep in the barn we thought she was off her rocker, or The old man's been off his trolley for at least a year. The expression using head is colloquial and dates from the mid-1800s, nut has been slang for "head" since the mid-1800s; rocker, dating from the late 1800s, may allude to an elderly person falling from a rocking chair; trolley, also dating from the late 1800s, may be explained by George Ade's use of it in Artie (1896): "Any one that's got his head full of the girl proposition's liable to go off his trolley at the first curve." The last, chump, is also slang for "head" and was first recorded in 1859.
See also: head, off

off one's rocker

Also, off one's nut or trolley . See off one's head.
See also: off, rocker
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

off your trolley

If someone is off their trolley, they are behaving in a crazy way. If they think officers are going to give up their cars, they're off their trolley. Most people think I'm off my trolley, but I've never been so sure of anything in my life.
See also: off, trolley
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

off your trolley

crazy. informal
The trolley in this case is a pulley running on an overhead track that transmits power from the track to drive a tram; the idea is similar to that in go off the rails (see rail).
1983 Nathaniel Richard Nash The Young and Fair If you suspect Patty, you're off your trolley.
See also: off, trolley
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

off your ˈtrolley

(British English, informal) crazy; stupid: He’s completely off his trolley!
This idiom is similar to ‘go off the rails’ but refers to a tram (= a vehicle driven by electricity than runs on rails in the street) that has become disconnected from the power in the overhead track.
See also: off, trolley
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

off one’s rocker

mod. silly; giddy; crazy. (see also rocker.) That silly dame is off her rocker.
See also: off, rocker

off one’s trolley

mod. silly; eccentric. Don’t mind Uncle Charles. He’s a bit off his trolley.
See also: off, trolley

slip one’s trolley

tv. to become a little crazy; to lose one’s composure. (see also off one’s trolley.) I was afraid I would slip my trolley.
See also: slip, trolley
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

off (one's) rocker

Out of one's mind; crazy.
See also: off, rocker
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Now you're on the trolley

Now you catch on. “Trolley” refers to the streetcars that predated buses and subways in major cities. To flounder around to the answer to a question or how to perform some sort of procedure and then to come up with the right answer was the equivalent of getting on a trolley that's on the right track (as in track of streetcar rails).
See also: now, on, trolley
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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Don said he is too young to have seen the trolleys in operation, but that he learned a lot about them from his father, who not only saw them, but rode on them - sometimes a bit illegally.
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Three years ago the council threatened to start fining supermarkets if they did not tighten up the control of their trolleys, but did not go through with it.
Without a public announcement, they have put in place those horrid 100 fils chain mechanisms to make you pay for a trolley. OK, you may get the money back, but it's an inconvenience to customers.
Being a relatively small Aa supermarket, Choithram only employs two Aa trolley employees on foot, but larger stores have minivans that travel day and night across the city in search of C their trolleys.
The new team will have just 24 hours to return each of the missing trolleys, but it is hoped most will be cleared from the city's streets far quicker.
The organisation, which manages 2,200 miles of canals and rivers, said the money it spent fishing out shopping trolleys could be spent on maintenance of waterways and protecting wildlife.
But trolley buses and the wires they ran on left an indelible mark on the post war period, and Teesside was no exception.
While bar codes sped up the receiving of the trolleys, tracking trolleys after they left the receiving dock required a manual bar code scan at important points in the distribution center.
John Bradbury, Wrexham's chief environment officer, said, 'We recognise that some of our local supermarkets have made real efforts to reduce the numbers of trolleys leaving their stores.
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Blamed Gerry Kelly, of the Scottish wing of Trolleywise, said: 'If I could spend every day in Cumbernauld retrieving trolleys, I'd make a fortune.
To produce each side panel, rear panel and shelf of the 99 x 88 x 59 cm mini trolley using the FPT procedure, two thermoformed PVC films in inexpensive aluminum molds are back-foamed at low pressure with the impact-resistant Baydur 60 polyurethane integral skin foam system.
After only five years of favorable operation, the trolleys attracted new investors, and in 1907, the new owners changed the name of the line to the Southern Light and Traction Co.
"People will still come to Little Rock just to ride the trolley. You don't see trolleys with overhead wires every day anymore.