lose one's marbles

lose one's marbles
vb
to become deranged or feeble-minded, go crazy. Marbles, when referring to male faculties, usually refers to testicles, but in this case one's wits or intelligence are in question. The origin of this phrase is uncertain, in spite of many attempts to clarify the choice of words (marbles have been seen as a synonym for the bearings which allow a machine to operate or as part of a catchphrase based on a story in which a monkey steals a boy's marbles). What is undisputed is that the expression originated in the USA.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • lose one's marbles — ► lose one s mind (or marbles) informal go insane. Main Entry: ↑lose …   English terms dictionary

  • lose one's marbles — go crazy, become insane, lose one s mind …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lose one's marbles —    If someone loses their marbles, they become mentally confused, or no longer behave sensibly or rationally.     The old man is acting very strangely. He seems to have lost his marbles …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • lose one's marbles — {v. phr.} To go mad; become crazed. * /Stan must have lost his marbles; he is hopelessly pursuing a happily married woman./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lose one's marbles — {v. phr.} To go mad; become crazed. * /Stan must have lost his marbles; he is hopelessly pursuing a happily married woman./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lose\ one's\ marbles — v. phr. To go mad; become crazed. Stan must have lost his marbles; he is hopelessly pursuing a happily married woman …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lose one's marbles — go crazy or act irrationally He seems to have lost his marbles and doesn t make any sense at all …   Idioms and examples

  • lose one's marbles — Vrb phrs. To go crazy, to lose control …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • Lose one's marbles — go insane …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • lose one's marbles — Australian Slang go insane …   English dialects glossary

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