put one's thinking cap on

Definition of put one's thinking cap on

informal
:to start trying to think of what should be done

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

thinking
  1. : the action of using one's mind to produce thoughts

  2. : opinion, judgment

  3. : thought that is characteristic (as of a period, group, or person)

  1. : marked by use of the intellect : rational

cap play
  1. : a head covering especially with a visor and no brim

  2. : a distinctive head covering emblematic of a position or office: such as

  3. : a cardinal's biretta

  1. : to provide or protect with a cap

  2. : to give a cap to as a symbol of honor, rank, or achievement

  3. : to form a cap over : crown

  1. : a small amount of an illegal or legally regulated drug

  1. : capitalization


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