To cudgel one's brains
Cudgel Cudg"el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cudgeled} or {Cudgelled} (-?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cudgeling} or {cudgelling}.] To beat with a cudgel. [1913 Webster]

An he here, I would cudgel him like a dog. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To cudgel one's brains}, to exercise one's wits. [1913 Webster]


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  • cudgel one's brains — To think hard • • • Main Entry: ↑cudgel …   Useful english dictionary

  • cudgel one's brains — idi cudgel one s brains, to try hard to comprehend or remember …   From formal English to slang

  • cudgel one's brains — phrasal to think hard (as for a solution to a problem) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cudgel one's brains — v. think hard, try to remember, attempt to comprehend …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rack one's brains — THINK HARD, concentrate, cudgel one s brains; informal scratch one s head. → rack * * * rack one s brains To use one s memory or reasoning powers to the utmost • • • Main Entry: ↑rack * * * rack (or wrack) one s brains (or brain) make a great… …   Useful english dictionary

  • beat one's brains out — phrasal or beat one s brains : to cudgel one s brain : try continually and energetically to think out something difficult * * * beat one s brains or beat one s brains out To puzzle about something • • • Main Entry: ↑beat …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cudgel — Cudg el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cudgeled} or {Cudgelled} ( ?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cudgeling} or {cudgelling}.] To beat with a cudgel. [1913 Webster] An he here, I would cudgel him like a dog. Shak. [1913 Webster] {To cudgel one s brains}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cudgel — [kuj′əl] n. [ME (SW dial.) kuggel < OE cycgel, lit., club with rounded head, akin to Ger kugel, ball < IE base * geu , to curve, bend > COD2] a short, thick stick or club vt. cudgeled or cudgelled, cudgeling or cudgelling to beat with a… …   English World dictionary

  • cudgel — cudgeler; esp. Brit., cudgeller, n. /kuj euhl/, n., v., cudgeled, cudgeling, or (esp. Brit.) cudgelled, cudgelling. n. 1. a short, thick stick used as a weapon; club. 2. take up the cudgels, to come to the defense or aid of someone or something.… …   Universalium

  • cudgel — /ˈkʌdʒəl / (say kujuhl) noun 1. a short, thick stick used as a weapon; a club. –verb (t) (cudgelled or, US, cudgeled, cudgelling or, US, cudgeling) 2. to strike with a cudgel; beat. –phrase 3. cudgel one s brains …   Australian English dictionary

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