(Aus.) the mind, the brain.
|Truth (Sydney) 30 Mar. 11/5: He don’t drink himself. Not much, Sir, / [...] / For he wants a steady rocker. / On the game as he are at.|
1. crazy; occas. antithesis, on one’s rocker.
|Clipper (Hobart, Tas.) 1 May 6/2: She are goin off her rocker / With the howlin and the rant.|
|Hooligan Nights 79: Wouldn’t a’e worried me off me rocker if they ’ad [seen me].|
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 25 Nov. 3/3: Innumerable and curious euphemisms for ‘mad’ [...] ‘balmy in the crumpet’, [...] ‘a tile loose,’ ‘soft in the cocoa-nut,’ ‘off his rocker,’ ‘off his nut,’ ‘off his chump’ [and] ‘a little bit off the top’.|
|Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1955) 595: The wouldn’t mind betting that ole Misery would finish up by going off his bloody rocker.|
|diary 22 Oct. [Internet] Blue went away with a red label marked ‘concussion from bomb’ [..] and had gone quite off his rocker.|
|Boy’s Own Paper XL:2 76: I do not wish to see the book which has–has–has–sent Blundell ‘off his rocker’.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 66: So the Duke is off his rocker, what?|
|Enter the Saint 192: One of the men’s gone rather off his rocker and he was trying to chuck himself overboard.|
|We Were the Rats 58: I think Margaret’s off her rocker.|
|Augie March (1996) 143: It drove me a little crazy. I wasn’t right on my rocker anyway.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 256: I almost went right off my rock.|
|Guntz 31: He just gave me this blank look as though I had gone right off my rocker.|
|Coll. Stories (1965) 140: Telling him he was clean off his rocker.‘A Man of Good Will’ in|
|in The Final Days 104: The next day Goldwater called Harlow. ‘Is the President off his rocker?’.|
|Traveller’s Tool 44: Gwen sounded a bit off her rocker too.|
|in That Was Business, This Is Personal 21: I think he was beginning to go off his rocker with the life-style and the drink.|
|‘The Kids’ [lyrics] Stacey knew it was Bob and said knock it off / But Bob wouldn’t knock it off cause he’s crazy and off his rocker.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 223: A young woman was admitted [...] offer her rocker with a drug-induced psychosis.|
2. (Aus.) drunk.
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 3 July 1/6: For the missus she was shikkered — / Boozey — off her rocker — tight!|
3. in fig. use, acting excessively (though not necessarily madly).
|Rap Sheet 237: By that time I was practically off my rocker.|
|Guntz 117: He is going to wind up going right off his rocker.|
|Turning (2005) 224: Some of them [...] just drinking or going off their rockers.‘Commission’ in|