brain dump


: the act or an instance of comprehensively and uncritically expressing and recording one's thoughts and ideas (as on a particular topic)
Instead, Shafer recommends doing a brain dump—getting workflow, ideas, commitments, and to-do lists out of your head and onto a physical list and calendar.Stephanie Vozza
First, you do a giant brain dump to force yourself to clear out the mental clutter and face head-on all the contradictory goals and obligations that are crowding your days.Jessica Stillman

Examples of brain dump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that was probably the least notable quote from the Las Vegas listening party, doing which West delivered another classic brain dump (which was captured on Instagram Live and shared widely on social media). Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 Doing a brain dump really helps to let everything out. Nicole Pajer, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024 Practicing regular brain dumps, especially at the start of the day, is a powerful way to streamline one’s focus on what matters most. Karin Eldor, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brain dump was in 1985

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“Brain dump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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