scratch one's head

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To puzzle, ponder, or wonder about something.

Etymology:

  • scratch + one's + head
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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.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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