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19 / 03 / 2009

SHORT EXPRESSIONS-5: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we look at one final expression that uses the word short. Today's expression is informal, and (I think) somewhat humorous.

Today's expression is: a brick short of a load OR two sandwiches short of a picnic.

Meaning: Used to describe someone who is not very intelligent.

Of course, you have to be careful when you use these expressions, since they are considered to be insults.  

Example 1:
Ever since he had his accident, he's a brick or two short of a load. He never seems to understand what I ask of him.

Another similar expression is to not be playing with a full deck (deck = baraja).

Example 2:
I don't think John is playing with a full deck. He just asked me for a 50-percent pay rise when we are right in the middle of an economic crisis. Who does he think he is?

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