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I've heard this in a TV show (Westworld), but I couldn't find anything about this phrase specifically, in Google. What does it mean exactly? Is this a common/acceptable way to say it?

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  • Hello, Nicofisi. Have you looked up "of several minds" on the internet? I'd say "in several minds {about something) is the more normal metaphor, but you can check on Google Ngrams. – Edwin Ashworth May 7 '18 at 16:36
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'I'm in two minds about it' is a common expression indicating that you are hesitating between two courses of action. When I googled it I found entries for 'of two minds' as well (maybe an American version?). Presumably the TV character was adapting the expression because there were several options open to them.

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To be of several minds in probably an older expression that hasn't died out everywhere. It is probably a plural analogy with of a mind

I was ever of a mind that God did keep a plague for them of Paris in store...Calendar of State Papers.. of the reign of Elizabeth(1)Google Books

John Wesley used the plural

It is an unavoidable consequence of the present weakness and shortness of human understanding, that several men will be of several minds in religion....Sermons on Several Occasions, volume 1

This idiom may be lost in the UK today, but is still in use in North America. I sometimes say "I'm of more than one mind" about something, or, "of several minds" .

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Here are a couple of links to articles using of several minds:

Being of several minds: Voices and versions of the self in early childhood. PsycNET

POLL FINDS AMERICANS OF SEVERAL MINDS ON HEALTH NY Times

Meaning different thoughts, typically more than two. IMHO, it is acceptable usage.

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