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Offline Britta

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not the brightest pebble on the beach
« on: June 28, 2017, 03:29:09 pm »
I often come across colourful phrases that state somebody being not the best or brightest among their peers.
Unfortunately I forget them pretty quickly so I thought it might be fun to collect them in a thread. This was inspired by a recent post from Duncan...

What expressions do you know or use?

- not the brightest pebble on the beach (Duncan)
- not the brightest candle on the chandelier
- not the sharpest knife in the drawer
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2017, 05:57:04 pm »
a sandwich short of a picnic
a shilling short of a pound
« Last Edit: June 28, 2017, 07:12:31 pm by admin »
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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2017, 06:50:56 am »
Britta, you probably have seen these:

http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/14071.htm


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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 08:00:33 am »
Thanks JTL. I had a brief glimpse but the security system of my browser shoots down the page after a few seconds.
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2017, 12:09:57 pm »
Thanks JTL. I had a brief glimpse but the security system of my browser shoots down the page after a few seconds.
Not pulling a full wagon.

Not the brightest star in the sky.

The light’s on but no one’s home.

Not the brightest bulb in the box.

A few screws short of a hardware store.

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

A few cards short of a full deck.

A few fries short of a Happy Meal.

About as sharp as a marble.

Only has one oar in the water.

Smart as a bag of rocks.

A hamburger short of a picnic.

The elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.

A few peas short of a casserole.

A few keys short of a piano.

Not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.

The gates are down and the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.

As smart as a stick.

An intellect rivaled only by garden tools.

Has an IQ of room temperature.

Couldn’t pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.

Not the sharpest crayon in the box

Not the the sharpest tool in the shed

A few threads short of a sweater.

Driveway doesn’t quite reach the road.

The battery is not fully charged.

Dumber than a bag of hammers.

A few bricks short of a full load.

A few clowns short of a circus.

A few beers short of a six-pack.

Dumber than a box of hair.

All foam no beer.

As smart as bait.

The antenna doesn’t pick up all the channels.

Missing a few buttons on his remote control.

Receiver is off the hook.

Has a leak in the skylight.

Too much yardage between the goal posts.

Not all the soldiers are marching in line.

Dumber than paint.

Half a bubble off plumb.

A few watts short of a light bulb

Running on 3 cylinders.

Has the parachute but is missing the ripcord.

Would lose a debate with a doorknob.

Has an IQ lower than plant life.

All volume, and no content.

Wouldn’t know if they were on foot or horseback.

The cheese slid off the cracker.

Doesn’t have all the chairs at the table.

A few pecans short of a fruitcake.

Would argue with a signpost.

If you gave them a penny for thoughts, you’d get change.

Dumb as a salt shaker.

Has a mind like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.

Knitting with only one needle.

Not the quickest bunny in the forest.

The hard drive is spinning but the OS hasn’t been installed.

Not exactly burning all thrusters.

A few colors short of a rainbow.

The boat doesn’t have all the oars in the water.

A few ships short of a fleet.

A monosynaptic cretin (Don’t understand it? ’nuff said)

A few noodles short of a chow mein.

A few bristles short of a broom.

Hasn’t seen the ball since kickoff.

The relative IQ of a deck chair.

A few players short of a team.

Couldn’t hit the floor if he fell on it.

A few sheep short of a flock.

Not the brightest light in the harbor.

One plate short of a tea set.

A few kangaroos loose in the top paddock…..

A few slices short of a sandwich…..

A few sausages short of a BBQ
« Last Edit: June 29, 2017, 04:48:05 pm by admin »
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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2017, 04:16:37 pm »
Wow, thanks  8)
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2017, 02:49:17 am »
With so many ways of describing, I can hardly imagine I can sidestep all.  :)  --- tk

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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 08:25:16 am »
An egg short of an omelet?

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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 06:58:59 pm »
 :)
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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2018, 06:43:52 am »
I always collect a lot of colorful face phrases like these. I'll post them in my blog regularly, that's my hobby. I always search for them in homework writing services where I find a lot of different phrases. One of my favorites is "the soul becomes died with the color of its thoughts".

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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2018, 09:24:50 am »
Is that 'died' or 'dyed' ? A world of difference in meaning!

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Re: not the brightest pebble on the beach
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2018, 12:12:43 pm »
 :)
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