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rack one's brain

To struggle to think of or remember something.


  • Combination of rack, and brain, thus meaning “to cause the mind extreme discomfort”.
  • Variants include rack one's wit and rack one's memory, as well as cudgel one's brain / cudgel one's brains.

I have been racking my brain all day trying to think of a birthday present for her.

Submitted on September 01, 2009


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exprimirse los sesos

अपने दिमाग को लगा देना

je hersens kraken

beynini rafa kaldırmak

اپنی دماغ میں مشغول ہونا

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