A screw loose

something out of order, so that work is not done smoothly; as, there is a screw loose somewhere.

See also: Screw

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Ali Rowatt admits she's got a screw loose as she starts final preparations for the world's toughest triathlon.
IT has been said many times that I have a screw loose.
So you haven't got a screw loose if you think there is something a little curious about these images of Tower Bridge in London, Rome's Colosseum and Sanatorini in Greece, among others.
The aim of the survey entitled Germany s got a screw loose was to find out how many screws the inhabitants estimate to be loose in their home, which pieces of furniture are most affected, and whether those surveyed plan to do something about this problem in the foreseeable future.
I truly believe he has a screw loose, a few screws loose actually," said Haye, who is coming out of retirement for the fight following his points defeat to Wladimir last July.
But when one of the 'bots is accused of tossing his maker out a window, it looks like Spooner might not have a screw loose after all, though there are a couple of machines trying to throw a wrench into his works.