One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Psychiatrists or psychiatric workers (used to imply that someone is mad or mentally unbalanced)‘I think the men in white coats will be calling soon’
- ‘The minute I type this I will expect the men in white coats to come and take me away.’
- ‘She even squeezed out a slim book on the subject before the men in white coats came for her.’
- ‘Later that same evening in 1918, Warburg was taken away by men in white coats.’
- ‘Now, if you will excuse me I think I can hear the men in white coats pulling up outside ’
- ‘"If he carries on in this way we won't need the men in grey suits, we'll need the men in white coats."’
- ‘If anybody had predicted Everton would be sitting third in the Premiership at the start of the season the men in white coats would have been round quicker to pick them up than Ronaldo can do thirty step-overs!’
- ‘The father becomes enraged at the son and has to be dragged away himself by men in white coats.’
- ‘They'd probably have rung the men in white coats to take me away.’
- ‘Having spent more than an hour with the Prime Minister on Saturday morning, I can't report that he looked in the least bit like a candidate for the men in white coats.’
- ‘But perhaps we shouldn't start calling in the men in white coats just yet.’
- ‘A break away with my family from the madness that is SPL decision-making is probably all that has prevented me getting up close and personal with the men in white coats.’
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