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Could you explain "know his ass from his elbow" and " hit the ceiling"?

He started going into this nodding routine. You never saw anybody nod
as much in your life as old Spencer did. You never knew if he was nodding a
lot because he was thinking and all, or just because he was a nice old guy
that didn't know his ass from his elbow. "What did Dr. Thurmer say to you,
boy? I understand you had quite a little chat." "Yes, we did. We really did.
I was in his office for around two hours, I guess." "What'd he say to you?"
"Oh... well, about Life being a game and all. And how you should play it
according to the rules. He was pretty nice about it. I mean he didn't hit
the ceiling or anything. He just kept talking about Life being a game and
all. You know." "Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays
according to the rules." "Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it." Game, my ass.

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    Not to know one's ass from his elbow means to not to know anything; to be very stupid. It is vulgar, so use it with care. "to hit the ceiling" means to become extremely angry.

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