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brain surgery Line breaks: brain sur|gery

Definition of brain surgery in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Surgery performed on the brain or other parts of the nervous system: he is in a critical condition after undergoing brain surgery
More example sentences
  • Last year he had brain surgery to relieve pressure from a blood clot.
  • Brain surgery to remove a tumour or to alleviate the symptoms of neurological diseases, like Parkinson's, it's fairly commonplace today.
  • A year before I met the couple, Andrea underwent complicated brain surgery.
1.1 [usually with negative] informal An exceptionally difficult or complicated task: obviously this is not brain surgery breadmaking is hardly brain surgery
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  • It's easy to make fun of things like the absurdity of the plot, but this was never intended to be brain surgery.
  • This is far from brain surgery but it does require some knowledge or at least a bit of reading.
  • I'll be the first to admit that graphic design isn't brain surgery.

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