apartment(s) to let phr.
unhinged, insane, crazy.
|Sl. Dict. 67: ‘APARTMENTS TO LET,’ said of one who has a somewhat empty head.|
|Vocab. and Gloss. in True Hist. of Tom and Jerry 154: It is said that the ‘widows cap,’ denotes there are Apartments to Let! Also said of an empty-headed or shallow-cove.|
|Old Man Curry 35: They ought to have a look at his head. He’s got an attic for rent, sure.‘Levelling with Elisha’ in|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 9 Mar. 7/4: Another very effective way he has of quelling the troublesome one is to tap the head while saying very solemnly [...] ‘There’s nobody home,’ or ‘Apartments to let’.|
|Wise-crack Dict. 14/2: Space to let – A vacant stare.|
|(ref. to 1870) Dundee Courier 6 Apr. 6/3: Have we lost the art of slang? [...] It did not pay to be stupid in those days [...] you had ‘apartments to let’ or [you were] chuckle-headed, buffle-headed, cabbage-headed [and] chowder-headed.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 344: with an apartment to let; with an unfurnished attic (or garret); with a room for rent.|