One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Temporarily not in command of one's mental faculties.
- ‘I count the editor of the Independent as a friend, so the main reason I hesitate to say that he is out to lunch on this issue is that I was out to dinner with him last night.’
- ‘I think unfortunately this doctor and her staff are a bit out to lunch… they seem unaware of what they are doing.’
- ‘The waiters are a bit out to lunch and service was a bit slow, but we were not in a rush.’
- ‘It's no use, because his support cast is either out to lunch, or not listening.’
- ‘Of course, some people think I'm out to lunch because we don't do that in America.’
- ‘He's out to lunch on this offshore thing but it's playing well at home.’
- ‘Let us just say that, if not exactly out to lunch, she was certainly taking a coffee break and regrets her previous advice.’
- ‘Many gay marriage opponents are just plain out to lunch.’
- ‘The message was clear: parliament is out of touch as well as out to lunch.’
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