(entered for 01.04.06)
Meaning: mentally deficient. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: working short a tool or two
Rewrite 2: shuffling with only half a deck
Rewrite 3: walking on legs with no feet
Rewrite 4: powered by half a battery
Comment: You can have a lot of fun with this one, imagining all the ways someone could be working without a full deck.
More reading about clichés
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• Statistical Modeling: “Seven statistical clichés used by baseball announcers.”