Lose your marbles

Idiom

Lose Your Marbles

Definition

The idiom ‘lose your marbles’ is an informal expression used to describe someone who has become forgetful, confused, or disoriented.

Examples Sentences

John has been so forgetful lately, I think he’s starting to lose his marbles.

He’s been under a lot of stress lately – he’s really starting to lose his marbles.

Origin

The idiom ‘lose your marbles’ has its origins in the game of marbles and the phrase ‘to lose your marbles’, which was first recorded in the late 19th century. It was used to refer to someone who was losing the game of marbles.

FAQs

What does it mean to lose your marbles?

The idiom ‘lose your marbles’ is an informal expression used to describe someone who has become forgetful, confused, or disoriented.

Where does the phrase ‘lose your marbles’ come from?

The idiom ‘lose your marbles’ has its origins in the game of marbles and the phrase ‘to lose your marbles’, which was first recorded in the late 19th century.