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brain (someone)

To strike or assault someone violently and severely, typically on the head. He warned me that he was going to brain me if I didn't stop insulting him. The lump on my head is from when a box fell off a shelf and brained me yesterday.
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brain someone

Fig. to strike a person hard on the skull as if to knock out the person's brains. (Often said as a vain threat.) I thought he was going to brain me, but he only hit me on the shoulder. If you don't do it, I'll brain you.


1. n. a good student; a very intelligent person. (see also brains.) I’m no brain, but I get good grades.
2. tv. to hit someone (in the head). I ought to brain you for that!
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And you have nothing more immediate than your topography to offer," said Brain, with a sneer, "to help me avenge my friend?
They are explained without it by Semon's "engram," or by any theory which regards the results of experience as embodied in modifications of the brain and nerves.
This certainly proves that the brain plays an essential part in the causation of memory, but does not prove that a certain state of the brain is, by itself, a sufficient condition for the existence of memory.
In order to prove conclusively that mnemic phenomena arise whenever certain physiological conditions are fulfilled, we ought to be able actually to see differences between the brain of a man who speaks English and that of a man who speaks French, between the brain of a man who has seen New York and can recall it, and that of a man who has never seen that city.
Across the nation, those born in the 20 years after World War II are popularizing everything from ``brain-healthy'' foods to virtual brain gyms in an effort to retain their cognitive edge and stave off dementia.
The popularity of contact sports puts a large number of participants at risk for brain injury.
House of Representatives Committee of Appropriations encouraged the establishment of an Interagency head Injury Task Force to identify the gaps in research, training, and service delivery and to recommend solutions in meeting the needs of people in meeting the needs of people with traumatic brain injury (House-Report No.
He ships brain, spinal cord, spinal fluid and blood samples free of charge to scientists who have a bona fide need for such samples in their research.
The new mental exercise movement is founded on using structured, computer-based brain fitness routines tailored to each member's specific needs and level of ability.
Hawkins, who wrote On Intelligence with science journalist Sandra Blakeslee, is a computer entrepreneur with a longstanding interest in how the brain works.
Taira and presented at this meeting showed that subjects with a deeper brand affinity to a product or label had higher levels of activity in brain regions strongly associated with emotion when exposed to their choice brands.
Ninety percent of what scientists know about the brain has been discovered in the past decade, and the technology continues to change.
In regard to the current debate about the ethics of organ donation, it is interesting to note what a review in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, March 20, 2001, had to say; in the article "Bioethics for Clinicians: 24 brain death," Dr.
Any possibility of conflict between personal privacy and the development of technology for brain investigations is an extremely important concept in a free society, and we must take it very seriously and examine it carefully.
SPECT also scanned a group of Franciscan sisters at prayer and found they, too, experienced a calming of this "orientation area" of the brain, which gave them a "tangible sense of proximity to and merging with God.