pick someone's brain/brains

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pick someone's brain/brains

informal
: to talk to someone in order to get helpful information or advice
  • Do you have a moment? I need to pick your brain about a little situation that has come up.

Word by Word Definitions

pick play
  1. : to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument

  2. : to remove bit by bit

  3. : to remove covering or adhering matter from

  1. : a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument

  2. : the act or privilege of choosing or selecting : choice

  3. : the best or choicest one

  1. : a heavy, usually long-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock

  2. : toothpick

  3. : picklock

  1. : to throw or thrust with effort : hurl

  2. : to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

  1. : the act of pitching or throwing

  2. : something thrown

  3. : a throw of the shuttle

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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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