not the sharpest knife in the drawer

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not the sharpest knife in the drawer

  1. (humorous, euphemistic) Lacking in intelligence; dimwitted.
    • 1994, Richard Hoffer, "Get Smart!," Sports Illustrated, 5 Sept.:
      You can block or tackle, or you can do some exotic things with a football cradled under your arm, but you're not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to book learning.
    • 2000, Tami Hoag, Ashes to Ashes, ISBN 9780553579604, p. 378:
      “He fits in a lot of ways, but he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, is he?”
      “Maybe he just plays it stupid so people expect less of him.”
    • 2009, Paul Byrnes, "Tyson," Brisbane Times (Australia), 11 Aug.:
      [A] man who has lost every dollar he ever won–somewhere north of $US300 million ($370 million)–and done three years for rape is possibly not the sharpest knife in the drawer, nor the most likeable.

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