cudgel one's brains
phrasal to think hard (as for a solution to a problem)

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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 — See: BEAT ONE S BRAINS OUT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cudgel one's brains — See: BEAT ONE S BRAINS OUT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cudgel\ one's\ brains — See: beat one s brains out …   Словарь американских идиом

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

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cudgel one's brain — (or brains) think hard about a problem …   Useful english 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

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