in a fog

Also, in a haze. Preoccupied, not paying attention; also, at a loss, confused. For example, After the accident he went about in a fog, even though he had not been injured, or Millie always seems to be in a haze; she never knows what's going on. These expressions allude to fog or haze obscuring one's view; the fog usage dates from about 1600, haze from about 1800.


Nearby words

  1. in a cold sweat,
  2. in a dither,
  3. in a fix,
  4. in a flash,
  5. in a flutter,
  6. in a good light,
  7. in a hole,
  8. in a huff,
  9. in a jam,
  10. in a lather

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