brain freeze

noun

Definition of brain freeze 

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

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In Laguna Beach, the air can be 90 degrees in April, but the water is still cold — brain freeze cold. David Hansen, latimes.com, "Lifeguards wear red suits and blue lips," 25 Apr. 2018 During a heated promo with John Cena on a live edition Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns had a momentary brain freeze and forget his lines. Jimmy Traina, SI.com, "Roman Reigns Explains How A Flubbed Promo With John Cena Helped Him In The Long Run," 5 Apr. 2018 The neurologist has seen case reports where brain freezes were even caused by inhaling cold air such as during ice skating. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "What’s the Best Cure for Brain Freeze?," 25 Sep. 2017 The low-calorie ice cream–maker, which didn’t exist before 2012, has given the ice-cream industry a brain freeze, forcing its competitors to remake their strategies in the mold of its success. Heather Schwedel, Slate Magazine, "The Devilish Magic of Halo Top," 13 Aug. 2017

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1991, in the meaning defined above

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