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lose one's marbles

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lose one's marbles

verb phrase

To become foolish, irrational, forgetful, etc, as if senile

[1920s+; fr an earlier phrase let his marbles go with the monkey, fr a story about a boy whose marbles were carried off by a monkey; lose one's taw (a choice playing marble), ''go crazy,'' is found by 1902]


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lose one's marbles

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