brain freeze


Definition of brain freeze

: a sudden shooting pain in the head caused by ingesting very cold food (such as ice cream) or drink

Examples of brain freeze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In early December, Pantone named its official colors for 2021, a decision that seemed to channel both the bleakness and the bright spots of the past year, not to mention the brain freeze of indecision that 2020 levels of uncertainty induced. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "The Best Art of 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 During such moments of brain freeze, your correspondent’s dog has a habit of displaying a carousel of tricks, with streaks of drool flying across her ever-more desperate face. The Economist, "Home Entertainment The virtues of dog training in lockdown," 19 June 2020 This fact really captures our hardy nature: Even snow and windchills can’t keep us from brain freezes if the payoff is sweet bliss., "15 things to love and 11 things to loathe about Boston," 2 July 2019 What if this was a glimpse into my future, not an hour of brain freeze but days on end? Max, Longreads, "Hello, Forgetfulness; Hello, Mother," 4 Oct. 2019 More brain freeze facts: 7-Eleven introduced its frozen beverage in 1966. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Freebie Monday: Free 7-Eleven Slurpee on July 11," 8 July 2019 So cheers, and sip carefully, my friends. Because brain freeze. Emily Spicer,, "Peach Dreamsicle ice cream cocktail: nostalgia with a kick," 18 June 2019 At the very same moment, in a burst of Boylean magical realism, the world has a collective brain freeze, erasing all traces of the Fab Four. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Meet Himesh Patel, Breakout Star of Yesterday," 17 May 2019 In Laguna Beach, the air can be 90 degrees in April, but the water is still cold — brain freeze cold. David Hansen,, "Lifeguards wear red suits and blue lips," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of brain freeze

1991, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Brain freeze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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