brain lock

noun

variants or brain-lock or brainlock
ˈbrān-ˌläk
chiefly US, informal
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brain lock was in 1934

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“Brain lock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brain%20lock. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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