all there

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all there

  1. (idiomatic) Mentally competent; not absent-minded or insane.
    Is he all there?
    I don't think he's all there...
    I think he's not all there...
    • 1885, Amelia E. Barr, Jan Vedder's Wife, ch. 1:
      A suspicion that “he was not all there,” and therefore “one of God’s bairns,” had insured him, during his long orphanage, the food, and clothes, and shelter, necessary for life; but no one had given him love.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 15:
      His submission is that he is of Mongolian extraction and irresponsible for his actions. Not all there, in fact.
    • 2011, Julie Keith, The Devil Out There, ISBN 9780307369710, Part 1 (Google preview):
      [S]he smiled at me in a such a silly way, I thought to wonder if she was all there.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see all,‎ there.

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