A brain-out-of-gear situation (Idiom)

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James Brandon

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English + French - UK
To get one's brain in gear is to make oneself concentrate, and start thinking in a clear and effective manner.

I have heard the expression a brain-out-of-gear situation. I would like to form a better idea as to what is meant here: a situation where I cannot think straight (because I am tired, or drunk or whatever), or a situation that is stupid in itself, or...

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  • lordterrin

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    American English
    Yes I agree as well, if someone were to say that to me, I would think that they had their thoughts crossed for a moment, just like a car not being able to find the right gear. Though, at least in AE, I have never heard this expression used, but I'd understand it if someone used it.
     

    James Brandon

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    English + French - UK
    I came across it recently in the UK, whether it was in print (in a newspaper) or in conversation or on the radio - I do not remember the exact time and place and coordinates of the source...

    I get the impression "brain out of gear" is less commonly used than "get (one's) brain in gear".
     
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