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 And Biden is liable to commit another gaffe, misstep, or brain freeze at any moment. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 13 July 2024 There also are popular annual festivals going down this month, like the Emmett Cherry Festival, Boise Pride Fest and Meridian Dairy Days, to name a few. And prepare yourself for a serious brain freeze with the Boise Ice Cream Festival, which offers more than two weeks of sweet events. Michelle Jenkins, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 No doubt, Nikki Haley’s brain freeze in failing to mention slavery when asked what caused the Civil War harms her quest to be the Republican presidential nominee. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 1 Jan. 2024 Operation Available at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Barnes & Noble The poor patient in Operation sure has a lot of ailments: writer's cramp, water on the knee, and brain freeze are just the start. Julianne Hilmes Bartlett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Mar. 2022 But jostling through so many bodies after so long made my brain freeze. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2023 Baltimore had a brain freeze. Dave Hyde,, 12 Nov. 2021 The Major League Eating speed-eating record for guzzling a 22-ounce Slurpee at 7-Eleven is 9 seconds, held by Patrick Bertoletti, who immediately thereafter suffered sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, more commonly called brain freeze or an ice cream headache. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 Colder than a brain freeze. Lacey Vorrasi-Banis,, 22 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brain freeze was in 1991

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“Brain freeze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

brain freeze

: a sudden sharp pain in the head caused by eating or drinking something very cold
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