memory like a sieve
- (simile) Alternative form of
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XX:
- Charming woman, but with a memory like a sieve. The sort who's always losing one glove at the theatre. Naturally she wouldn't remember a butler's name. She probably thought all along it was Fotheringay or Binks or something. Very common, that sort of mental lapse.