scratch one's head
phrasal to be or become confused or perplexed

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • scratch one's head — verb To puzzle, ponder, or wonder about something. Faced with a box full of hundreds of small parts and forty pages worth of assembly instructions, he could do little more than stand there and scratch his head …   Wiktionary

  • scratch one's head — informal think hard in order to find a solution. → scratch …   English new terms dictionary

  • scratch one's head — be confused, hesitate due to bewilderment …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scratch one's head — informal think hard in order to find a solution to something ■ feel or express bewilderment …   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

  • rack one's brains — I ve racked my brain, but I still can t think of his name Syn: think hard, concentrate, try to remember; informal scratch one s head …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • To come to one's self — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • head — I n. upper part of the body 1) to nod; shake one s head 2) to bare; bow; drop, hang, lower; lift, raise; move; poke, stick; scratch; toss; turn one s head (to scratch one s head in amazement; to poke one s head around the comer) 3) to hold one s… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • scratch — verb 1》 score or mark with a sharp or pointed object.     ↘make a long, narrow superficial wound in the skin of.     ↘rub (a part of one s body) with one s fingernails to relieve itching.     ↘(of a bird or mammal) rake the ground with the beak… …   English new terms dictionary

  • scratch — v., n., & adj. v. 1 tr. score or mark the surface of with a sharp or pointed object. 2 tr. a make a long narrow superficial wound in (the skin). b cause (a person or part of the body) to be scratched (scratched himself on the table). 3 tr. (also… …   Useful english dictionary

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