Green’s Dictionary of Slang

not all there adj.

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[the root phr. of many synons., all commenting adversely on the subject’s intelligence, e.g. all those at ...short of... adj.; elevator doesn’t go to the top floor under elevator n.; row with one oar in the water under row v.2 ]

1. eccentric, insane, crazy.

[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 26 Dec. 2/5: This little gipsy since she danced the polka with Mr. Kemhle, has fairly got ‘a bee in her bonnet’, in other words, to use a Yorkshire phrase, she appears ‘not to be all there’.
[US]M Gatty Parables from Nature Ser. 4 3: Hans Jansen was what is commonly called not all there; that is, he could not see and comprehend the things of this life as his neighbours did .
[Aus]Portland Guardian (Vic.) 23 Jan. 2/6: The natives are primitive, and the real Guernsey man, you would be inclined to think was, to use a ‘slang phrase,’ not all there.
[UK]Five Years’ Penal Servitude 220: He stayed in a place doing the grand, and sucking the flats, till the folks began to smoke him as not all there.
[Aus]N.H. Kennard Diogenes’ Sandals 176: They said in the village that he had not ‘got all his buttons’, meaning that he was not ‘all there’.
[US]Monroe City Democrat (MO) 27 Mar. 2/1: Dick was [...] his enemies said, non compos mentis, his friends, apologetically, that he was not ‘all there’.
[Ire]L. Doyle Ballygullion 153: An’ it come over me whin I looked at him that, sure enough, he wasn’t all there.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 439: His submission is that he is of Mongolian extraction and irresponsible for his actions. Not all there, in fact.
[UK][perf. Ella Shields] I’m Not All There [lyrics] I’m not all there / There’s something missing / I’m not all there.
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 69: Please don’t take no notice of poor Frank, Mister Shillingsworth. I’m afraid he’s not all there.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 263: He fucked it all night, / Then died of the fright / That maybe he wasn’t ‘all there’.
[US]M. Spillane One Lonely Night 82: He tapped his head and made a screwy face. ‘Not all there, ya know.’.
[UK]C. Stead Cotters’ England (1980) 286: He’s not all there: there’s a part missing.
[Ire]H. Leonard A Life (1981) Act II: Honestly, you’re not all there, you know that? [...] You’re as cracked as your oul’ fella was.
[Ire](con. 1920s) L. Redmond Emerald Square 178: I felt strangely attracted to this man, even though he was supposed to be ‘not all there’.
[UK] in D. Campbell That Was Business, This Is Personal 22: My few mates in jail used to think, I’m sure, that I wasn’t all there.
[Aus]J. Birmingham Tasmanian Babes Fiasco (1998) 79: Guess you’d have to be a little elsewhere to have lived with Jordan and want to climb in the sack with him.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 54: Kara, you’re not all there, love. You need your head examining.

2. drunk.

[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 175: Once in a while I’d get too much of a skinful and I’d have to stick my finger down my throat — because it’s hard to read proof when you’re not all there.