out to lunch adj.
1. crazy, eccentric, weird.
|N.Y. Herald Trib. 15 Mar. IV 1/2: You want to dust a guy off lightly but thoroughly? ‘That guy is strictly out to lunch.’ That’ll put him in his place.|
|Where the Boys Are 217: I know it’s out to lunch for a girl to be willing to wait five minutes these days.|
|(con. 1950s) Age of Rock 2 (1970) 102: She would certainly be turned off if he were [...] out to lunch.‘The Fifties’ in Eisen|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 32: They wanted a freak show. They wanted back all the people who were either so out to lunch or so atrocious.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 575: This kid is out to lunch.|
|Guardian 11 Nov. 5: Signed a card to one of her pupils ‘Miss Ren Out To Lunch And Out Of Her Head’.|
|Royal Family 624: You think I’m out to lunch, don’t you? You think I’m crazy.|
2. in a daze, stupid, naïve.
|Wash. Post 29 Sept. F1/1–2: Of course, ‘lunching’ is the opposite of O.T.L. (out to lunch) which plainly tells you that someone is out-of-it, not-in-the-groove, or not-with-it.|
|Gidget Goes Hawaiian 4: In case you’ve been out to lunch, Father, being pinned means you’re on your way to your real honeymoon.|
|Carlito’s Way 123: I must be out to lunch in my skull.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 5: out to lunch – failing to recognize the reality of a situation.|
|Lowspeak 109: Out to lunch [...] 2. totally in the wrong.|
3. seen as alien to the peer group.
|Baltimore Sun (MD) Sun. Mag. 4 Dec. 9/1: ‘Am I out to lunch?’ she asked a straight man. ‘Am I all filter? How did I get into this Vancouver bit?’.|
|Current Sl. III–IV (Cumulation Issue) 89: Out to lunch, adj. [...] a person who does not take drugs.|
|Current Sl. III:4 8: Out to lunch, adj. Conceited, snobbish.|
4. absent, unavailable.
|Ghetto Sketches 118: I was goin’ through one of those deep money slumps . . . luck was out to lunch.|
5. intoxicated by drink or drugs; feeling very happy.
|Snakes (1971) 34: It’s my thing, jim! I be’s out to lunch! I’ll play me some LPs and shit and maybe smoke me some charge.|
|Observer Mag. 11 June 17: Andrew got fed up with him being ‘fucking out to lunch’.|