• interj. "Hole in the head." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "I need that like I need a luch in cup." (said a man in response to being asked what he thinks about buying a new boat.)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • אַ לאָך אין קאָפּ a lokh in kop 'a hole in the head'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      lokh in kop, loch in kop, luck in cup


  • The English expression "I need that like I need a hole in my head" comes from this Yiddish expression.

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