play with a full deck

in. to operate as if one were mentally sound. (Usually in the negative. One cannot play cards with a partial deck.)
That guy’s not playing with a full deck.
Look sharp, you dummies! Pretend you are playing with a full deck.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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