memory like a sieve

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - memory like a sieve

"memory like a sieve"

to be very forgetful


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - memory like a sieve

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: We've been waiting for fifteen minutes now. Where is Larry? We really need to get this meeting started.

Colleague 2:  Larry has been under a lot of stress lately and his memory has been like a sieve.

Colleague 1:  Do you mean that he forgot the meeting?

Colleague 2:  Yes. I am sure he has forgotten. Let me give him a call.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - memory like a sieve

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you brought the potato salad?

Friend 2:  I have a memory like a sieve. The potato salad is at home sitting on the kitchen counter ready to go.

Friend 1:  You forgot the potato salad?

Friend 2:  Sorry.

memory like a sieve - Usage:


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memory like a sieve - Gerund Form:

Having a memory like a sieve, I forgot to buy the bread when went to the grocery store.

memory like a sieve - Examples:

1)  We all know a few people who seem to have a memory like a sieve when it comes to remembering to carry your phone at all times.

2)  The legendary race caller Bill Collins told him you need a memory like a sieve: let it fill with information, but hold it fleetingly.

3)  ... mechanics of cars doesn't intimidate me, although I have a memory like a sieve when it comes to the fundamentals.

4)  Is your memory like a sieve? Blame multitasking, say NUS scientists.

5)  With a memory like a sieve, how could I even remember the character's few lines? 

6)  Putting together a “Best of ” list is always difficult for me. First, over the year I read a ton of comics both floppy and digitally and when you are like me and have a memory like a sieve this is even harder to do.

7)  I have to – I have a memory like a sieve, sometimes. I also use mnemonics that remind me about key stock-market events of the past.

8)  He's got a memory like a sieve. But there is a personal quality too.

9)  Without a functioning hippocampus, names, dates, and other information falls straight through the memory like a sieve.

10)  Well, I have a memory like a sieve, so this makes me a moron. And while I'll cop to being moronic in many ways, I seem to be able to write articles ...

11)  You've got a 'memory like a sieve' is a common way of telling someone that things just fall through their heads and that they can't remember ...

12)  Our teacher has a memory like a sieve. She came to class without our exams today.

13)  As a result of that work, and also masses to do in the office, my memory has been like a sieve all week. I managed to forget to bring smart shoes to ...

14)  I have a memory like a sieve. I forget everything.

15)  Memory Like a Sieve. I can't remember the point of these pictures.

16)  ... with a memory like a sieve... SOOooo much information... so little brainpower.

17)  I have a memory like a sieve. I'm glad that my company uses an automated system for resetting passwords; otherwise, the help desk people would get ...

18)  Yet for many of us, our memories are like a sieve and life passes us by - we miss the chance to develop our mind and accomplish more in life because our memory ...

19)  I swore I would write the name down, but I've got a memory like a sieve

20)  ... people who are under lots of stress frequently complain of having a “memory like a sieve”.