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use (one's) noodle

To use one's own intelligence and intellectual ability; to think logically and rationally. ("Noodle" here is slang for head or brain. Often said as an imperative.) Come on, Dean, I know you can figure this out on your own. Use your noodle for a change! I can't believe you were arrested for selling marijuana. What were you thinking? Why don't you use your noodle once in a while?
See also: noodle, use

noodle around

to wander around; to fiddle around with something. I couldn't find the instructions so I spent the afternoon noodling around, trying to find out how it worked. I noodled around until I found the right address.
See also: around, noodle

noodle over something

Inf. to think about something. Let's noodle over this problem for a bit and discuss it at our next meeting.
See also: noodle, over

use one's head

 and use one's noggin; use one's noodle
Fig. to use one's own intelligence. (The words noggin and noodle are slang terms for "head.") You can do better in math if you'll just use your head. Jane uses her noggin and gets things done correctly and on time. Yes, she sure knows how to use her noodle.
See also: head, use


n. (one’s) head. Put your hat on your noodle, and let’s go.

Use your head!

and Use your noggin! and Use your noodle!
exclam. Think!; Think it through! You know the answer. Use your head! Use your noggin’, dogg!
See also: use

Use your noodle!

See also: use

wet noodle

n. a dupe; a wimp. Don’t be such a wet noodle. Don’t let them push you around.
See also: noodle, wet
References in classic literature ?
Here is Bill Jukes, every inch of him tattooed, the same Bill Jukes who got six dozen on the WALRUS from Flint before he would drop the bag of moidores [Portuguese gold pieces]; and Cookson, said to be Black Murphy's brother (but this was never proved), and Gentleman Starkey, once an usher in a public school and still dainty in his ways of killing; and Skylights (Morgan's Skylights); and the Irish bo'sun Smee, an oddly genial man who stabbed, so to speak, without offence, and was the only Non-conformist in Hook's crew; and Noodler, whose hands were fixed on backwards; and Robt.
He then co-founded NOODLER, LLC with the recipient of that first hand-made txt-book that started it all.
The expert catfish noodler sticks his bare arm into a "catfish hole," shoves his hand down the fish's throat, and pulls the fish out of the water.
Watch the Trib's interview with filmmaker and avid noodler Bradley Beesley.
Starkey, Ed Teynte, Bill Jukes, Cecco, Noodler and William Slank all lend which man a hand?
With Ubisoft, we've found a partner as passionate about changing the rules as we are," Cranium cofounder and chief noodler Whit Alexander said.
He is joined by Toby Hull, who plays the role of Noodler the pirate, accompanied by his father Rod's crazy bird Emu.
Joe is joined by Toby Hull who plays the role of Noodler the pirate and continues in his father Rod's footsteps with the help of that crazy bird Emu
Toby is playing Noodler the pirate in Peter Pan this Christmas and says: "The family theme continues for my feathered friend too.
Females lay their eggs in underwater burrows, which are guarded by males, whose protectiveness makes it possible for the noodler to stick a hand into a burrow and come out with an aggressive catfish.
We're at our best when we find partners with a shared passion for product quality and a philosophy of bringing special moments into people's lives," said Alexander, who also serves as the company's Chief Noodler with an eye toward product development and excellence.
Richard and co-founder Whit Alexander, Cranium's Chief Noodler, will continue to lead the company, build the vision for the brand and ensure Cranium continues its leadership position in the industry first and foremost through product innovation and breakthrough marketing.
With this third Game of the Year win, I'm beginning to understand how they feel," said Whit Alexander, Cranium Chief Noodler and co-founder.
Cranium's tremendous international expansion is a result of a group of hand-picked, world-class distribution partners," said Whit Alexander, Chief Noodler of Cranium, Inc.