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rack your brains | rack you brain

Meaning: If you rack your brains, or rack you brain, you try hard to remember something or think of a solution to a problem or a puzzle.

For example:

  • I'm racking my brains, but I just can't think of his name.

  • Shelley's writing this song about being out of work and she's racking her brain trying to come up with a good rhyme for "unemployed".

Quick Quiz:

Sometimes I have to rack my brains if I want to
  1. relax and go to sleep
  2. think of a phone number
  3. hide what I'm feeling

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