brain lock

noun \ˈbrān-ˌläk\
variants: or

brain–lock

or

brainlock

\ˈbrān-ˌläk\

Definition of brain lock

chiefly US, informal

  1. :  a condition of temporary confusion, indecision, or mental paralysis … an outbreak of brain lock has spread through the award's nominating committee … — Seth Davis, Sports Illustrated, 31 Jan. 2000 But Hasselbeck wasn't the only Seahawk who suffered brainlock on Sunday; teammates made three or four other dumb plays … — Peter King, Publishers Weekly, 25 Oct. 2004

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First Known Use of brain lock

1934


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