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have all one's marbles

Slang definitions & phrases for have all one's marbles

have all one's buttons

verb phrase

To be normal or mentally sound; be sane; be shrewd and aware •Most often in the negative: When I'm sure I no longer have all my buttons I'll quit this line of work/ The old guy doesn't seem to have all his marbles, the way he mumbles to himself

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lose one's marbles

[1860+; buttons probably refers to the neatness and completeness of a normal mind compared with the uncertainty and slovenliness of clothes lacking buttons]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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