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Slang definitions & phrases for nobody home

nobody home


: Forrest Gump wears an expression of nobody's-home innocuousness throughout the picture sentence This person is crazy, stupid, or feeble-minded; out to lunch (1919+)

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  • nobody home,” he muttered cheerfully as he ran for his horse.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Mystery, secret gates, skull and crossbones, and nobody home!

    Gold Out of Celebes Aylward Edward Dingle
  • nobody home at Old Captain's; but it was much too pleasant a day for a fisherman to stay ashore.

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
  • "nobody home, fellers," called out Toby, after he had apparently stared in through that opening for more than a full minute.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • "nobody home I guess," ventured the chauffeur, who was lighting his lamps, preparatory for the trip back.

  • They stood for a moment then he knocked again, louder, saying almost as though hopefully, "Maybe there's nobody home."

    The Common Man Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
  • nobody home, Jerry chirped; house shut up, and old man skipped to town.

  • Take the ordinary small suburban house, with nobody home and everything supposed to be tightly locked up.

    In Jeopardy Van Tassel Sutphen
  • It is that scabby baby on the third floor, fallen out of bed again, with nobody home to pick him up.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • "nobody home at The Dreamerie—" He took her face in his calloused hands, drew her to him.

    Kindred of the Dust

    Peter B. Kyne
Idioms and Phrases with nobody home

nobody home

No one is paying attention, as in She threw the ball right past him, yelling “Nobody home!”
The person being discussed is mentally impaired and so cannot understand, as in When the woman did not answer, he concluded it was a case of nobody home. Both usages transfer the absence of someone in a dwelling to absent-mindedness or mental deficiency, and are thought to have been invented by cartoonist and journalist Thomas Aloysius Dorgan (“TAD”) around 1900. He often embellished his column with such punning amplifications as “Nobody home but the telephone and that's in the hands of the receiver,” or “Nobody home but the oyster and that's in the stew.”
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