can't for the life of me

can't for the life of me

I am completely unable to do something (which is usually stated after "me"). I just met that woman yesterday, but I can't for the life of me remember her name.
See also: life, of

can't for the life of me

if you say you can't for the life of you remember something, you mean that you cannot remember it at all I know I filed it somewhere but I can't for the life of me remember where.
See also: life, of
References in classic literature ?
I can't for the life of me see what right you have to ask me mine, or to question me at all, for that matter.
Fill a person with love for themselves, and what runs over will be your share, says a certain witty and truthful Frenchman whose name I can't for the life of me remember.