cudgel one's brain/brains

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cudgel one's brain/brains

informal + old-fashioned
: to think very hard
  • I cudgeled my brains for a solution to the problem.

Word by Word Definitions

cudgel play
  1. : a short heavy club

  1. : to beat with or as if with a cudgel

brain play
  1. : the portion of the vertebrate central nervous system enclosed in the skull and continuous with the spinal cord through the foramen magnum that is composed of neurons and supporting and nutritive structures (such as glia) and that integrates sensory information from inside and outside the body in controlling autonomic function (such as heartbeat and respiration), in coordinating and directing correlated motor responses, and in the process of learning — compare forebrain, hindbrain, midbrain

  2. : a nervous center in invertebrates comparable in position and function to the vertebrate brain

  3. : intellect, mind

  1. : to kill by smashing the skull

  2. : to hit on the head

brain play brains
  1. : the portion of the vertebrate central nervous system enclosed in the skull and continuous with the spinal cord through the foramen magnum that is composed of neurons and supporting and nutritive structures (such as glia) and that integrates sensory information from inside and outside the body in controlling autonomic function (such as heartbeat and respiration), in coordinating and directing correlated motor responses, and in the process of learning — compare forebrain, hindbrain, midbrain

  2. : a nervous center in invertebrates comparable in position and function to the vertebrate brain

  3. : intellect, mind

  1. : to kill by smashing the skull

  2. : to hit on the head


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