Have-bats-in-one-s-belfry meaning

(idiomatic, intransitive) To be crazy or eccentric.

Anyone declaring himself Emperor of San Francisco probably had bats in his belfry.

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Origin of have-bats-in-one-s-belfry

  • 1899, from tendency of bats to fly around erratically, with “belfry” indicating “head, mind”.
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