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cudgel one's brain (or brains)

Definition of cudgel one's brain or brains in English:

British Think hard about a problem: she cudgelled her brain, trying to decide what had caused such an about-face
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  • But for all of that, the breakthrough wouldn't come, however hard I cudgeled my brains.
  • I spent half my time in London, pontificating on everything from superpower disarmament to Scottish nationalism, half in Oxford, cudgelling my brains into understanding the German hyper-inflation of 1923.
  • So we are forever cudgelling our brains and therefore scowling.
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