There is an idiom in Indian languages about forgetfullness.

A shepherd keeps a baby lamb under his armpit and searches for it the whole village

Is there an equivalent and amusing idiom in English.?

I knowhis memory is like a sieve

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    There is "out of sight, out of mind" although it is not a humorous saying. – Weather Vane Oct 19 '19 at 18:54
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    Not a saying, but the image of "losing your glasses by leaving them on your head" is amusing. There is no fixed proverb, but this is a well known, and similar situation. – James K Oct 19 '19 at 19:38

There are the idioms:

  • It goes in one ear and comes out the other (meaning you immediately forget what you hear)
  • He's having a senior moment (meaning someone is having a lapse in memory, perhaps due to old age or like someone older)
  • He's got a brain like swiss cheese (meaning full of holes)

The only equivalent I can think of that is similar to your lengthy Indian saying is a common comedic trope of someone searching for their spectacles which are on sitting on top of their head.

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  • The first one is common in the language I know and the second one is new and lengthy tale is amusing. – successive suspension Oct 19 '19 at 19:18
  • @What does " commp" mean? – successive suspension Oct 19 '19 at 19:26
  • @Englishmonger That's what I was asking you, but I see you've edited your comment now. – Astralbee Oct 19 '19 at 19:28

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