out to lunch

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - out to lunch

"out to lunch"

1) absent-minded, unaware or confused

2) ignorant on some topic

3) harmlessly crazy or out of touch with reality


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - out to lunch

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: What did the boss think of your idea?

Colleague 2: I am not sure. He was staring out the window and did not seem to be paying attention. I am not sure if he really understood what I was saying.

Colleague 1: Yes. The boss can be a little out to lunch sometimes.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - out to lunch

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Absolutely, this is the correct way to do this.

Colleague 2: You are out to lunch. How would you know? You have absolutely no experience or knowledge of the topic.

Colleague 1: You are right. I was just expressing my opinion.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - out to lunch

Two cousins are talking ...

Cousin 1: I am going to visit Uncle Ned this afternoon.

Cousin 2: That's nice. He likes visitors. Just be forewarned that he has been quite out to lunch lately.

Cousin 1: Uncle Ned has always been a little weird. What's happening this time?

Cousin 2: Uncle Ned has decided that he is superhero and has taken to wearing a hollowed-out watermelon for a helmet.

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out to lunch - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for out to lunch.

out to lunch - Examples:

1)  The creators of IPv6 are out to lunch. And they love to suck up bandwidth!

2)  Even if Jack Chick is woefully out to lunch on a lot of things, he knows this topic very well.

3)  Those who imagine this colossal blunder can be buried are out to lunch

4)  ... has apparently gone around the bend, over the cliff, is out to lunch, is 52 cards short of a deck and, well my point is obvious ...

5)  ... almost-direct-to-video model that the big studios seem to be advocating now just seems out to lunch to me.

6)  Was the editor out to lunch? Could the author not spell-check her phrases in her word-processing program? 

7)  This may be way out to lunch and not very critical thinking of me, but I've been thinking about ... 

8)  No news indicates that the perpetrator is out to lunch / overwhelmed / unprepared / incapable or, perhaps worst of all, just does ...

9)  Well-meaning (but entirely out to lunch) moral crusaders have often complained about the evils of TV shows and console games.

10)  Some of my theories are out to lunch.

11)  Anyhow, Microsoft is completely out to lunch. To release this sort of device speaks volumes about just how bad a state ...

12)  ... given their dubious backgrounds is all I need to know this lady is out to lunch.

13)  ... some kind of cosmic malice to Netanyahu by constructing scenarios which are totally out to lunch, suggests that any psychosis is rather to be found ...

14)  BP's public relations department is out to lunch. Witness the latest blooper on the weekend, ... 

15)  ... reducing the quality of our university graduates. I might be totally out to lunch here, but I think the two share a lot of similarities.

16)  If Dimon thinks he can win that contest he is totally out to lunch

17)  Then again, maybe I'm totally out to lunch on this thing. After all, mine is not a scientific mind.

18)  If I am unclear, or if you think I am out to lunch, leave a comment.

19)  ... hasn't had a good look at how many times he has been out to lunch. Investors know what kind of success/failing average he has, but I guess nobody ...

20)  Anyone taking the owners' side in this dispute is out to lunch. These owners clearly do not believe in good-faith collective bargaining; their position boils ...