have bats in the belfry

have bats in the belfry
have bats in the belfry informal be eccentric or mad.
Main Entry: bat

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  • have bats in the belfry — phrasal : to be foolish, eccentric, or insane * * * have bats in the (or one s) belfry informal be eccentric or crazy …   Useful english dictionary

  • have bats in the belfry — old fashioned to be crazy. Don t tell anyone else I said that or they ll think I ve got bats in the belfry …   New idioms dictionary

  • have bats in the belfry — informal be eccentric or mad. → bat around/about …   English new terms dictionary

  • bats\ in\ the\ belfry — • bats in one s belfry • bats in the belfry n. phr. slang Wild ideas in his mind; disordered senses; great mental confusion. When he talked about going to the moon he was thought to have bats in his belfry …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bats in the/your belfry — see ↑belfry • • • Main Entry: ↑bat bats in the/your belfry informal + old fashioned ◇ To have bats in the belfry or (chiefly US) bats in your belfry is to be crazy. an old woman with bats in her belfry [=a crazy/batty old woman] • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • bats — predic.adj. sl. crazy. Etymology: f. phr. (have) bats in the belfry: see BAT(2) * * * I. plural of bat present third singular of bat II. ˈbats …   Useful english dictionary

  • belfry — /ˈbɛlfri / (say belfree) noun (plural belfries) 1. a belltower, either attached to a church or other building or standing apart. 2. that part of a steeple or other structure in which a bell is hung. 3. a frame of timberwork which may sustain a… …  

  • bats — adjective informal, dated (of a person) mad. Origin early 20th cent.: from the phr. have bats in the belfry (see bat2) …   English new terms dictionary

  • belfry — noun a tower for a bell, especially on a church see also: have bats in the belfry bat 1 (8) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bats, be —  Be crazy or eccentric. Also have bats in the belfry …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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