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    Тронутый, помешанный. Полное выражение: bats in the belfry. Имеются в виду bats (летучие мыши), гнездящиеся на belfry (колокольня), которые начинают беспокойно метаться, когда звонари принимаются за свою работу. Это выражение означает также бред душевнобольного.

    In the beginning we took Nina seriously, but soon we realised she was batty/had bats in the belfry. — Вначале мы серьёзно относились к Нине, но скоро поняли, что у неё не всё в порядке с головой.

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  • Batty — Bat ty (b[a^]t t[y^]), a. 1. Belonging to, or resembling, a bat. Batty wings. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Crazy; demented; loony; nuts; as, her constant gabbing is driving me batty. [Colloq.] Syn: bats. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • batty — 1580s, pertaining to bats, from BAT (Cf. bat) (n.2) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Slang sense nuts, crazy is attested from 1903, from the expression (to have) bats in (one s) belfry, also meaning not be right in the head (1899) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bats in the/your belfry — see ↑belfry • • • Main Entry: ↑bat bats in the/your belfry informal + old fashioned ◇ To have bats in the belfry or (chiefly US) bats in your belfry is to be crazy. an old woman with bats in her belfry [=a crazy/batty old woman] • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • bats — ats (b[a^]ts), a. Crazy; insane; loony; demented; batty. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bats — 1. AND batty mod. crazy. □ Youre bats! □ You are driving me batty! 2. AND batty mod. alcohol intoxicated; confused and drunk. □ The guy was bats stewed to his ears. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • bats — predic.adj. sl. crazy. Etymology: f. phr. (have) bats in the belfry: see BAT(2) * * * I. plural of bat present third singular of bat II. ˈbats …   Useful english dictionary

  • bats in the belfry —    mental abnormality    The phrase covers anything from absentmindedness through eccentricity to madness, when the wild ideas may circle in your head like the mammals in the church tower at twilight:     Dear man, you ve got bats in the belfry.… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • bats — adjective Date: 1919 batty 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bats — Synonyms and related words: balmy, bananas, barmy, batty, beany, bonkers, buggy, bughouse, bugs, crackers, cuckoo, daffy, dippy, dotty, flaky, flipped, freaked out, fruitcakey, fruity, gaga, goofy, haywire, just plain nuts, kooky, loony, loopy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • batty — Synonyms and related words: apish, asinine, balmy, bananas, barmy, bats, beany, bedlamite, befooled, beguiled, besotted, bonkers, brainless, buffoonish, buggy, bughouse, bugs, cockeyed, cracked, crackers, crazed, crazy, credulous, cuckoo, daffy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • batty — Go to bats …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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