(not) playing with a full deck (of cards)

   Someone who is not playing with a full deck (of cards) lacks intelligence or does not have full mental abilities.

Old Mrs.Whitehead was not playing with a full deck when she bought that fancy lawnmower!

English Idioms & idiomatic expressions. 2014.

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