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pick somebody's brains

Today: Tue, 18 Dec 2018

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Meaning:

If you pick somebody's brains, you ask them for detailed information or ideas about something.

For example:

  • The new guy Gavin was working for our main competitor before coming here, so the boss has been picking his brains to find out what they're doing over there.

  • Would you mind having a look at our website? I'd love to pick your brains and get some new ideas for it.

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Quick Quiz

The marketing manager picked my brains today and

a. I felt a lot better when he'd finished

b. I think I gave him some good ideas

c. I understand marketing better now