thinking cap
noun Date: 1847 a state or mood in which one thinks — usually used in the phrase put one's thinking cap on

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • thinking cap — thinking ,cap noun put your thinking cap on SPOKEN used for telling someone to start thinking about how to do something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thinking cap — noun a state in which one thinks • Hypernyms: ↑state of mind, ↑frame of mind * * * noun, pl ⋯ caps [count] informal used to refer to the act of trying to solve a problem by thinking carefully about it The students weren t wearing their thinking… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thinking cap — n. (old fashioned) to put on one s thinking cap ( to ponder a problem ) * * * (old fashioned) to put on one s thinking cap ( to ponder a problem ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • thinking cap — noun A metaphor for a piece of headgear worn while one is thinking about how to solve a problem. This project looks like it will be a real challenge put your thinking cap on! …   Wiktionary

  • thinking cap — UK / US noun get/put your thinking cap on old fashioned used for telling someone to start thinking about how to do something …   English dictionary

  • thinking cap — See: PUT ON ONE S THINKING CAP …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • thinking cap — See: PUT ON ONE S THINKING CAP …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • thinking\ cap — See: put on one s thinking cap …   Словарь американских идиом

  • thinking cap — think′ing cap n. a state of mind marked by concentration: We ll need our thinking caps to solve this one[/ex] • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • thinking cap — a state of mind marked by reflection or concentration: If we put on our thinking caps, we may come up with the answer. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

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