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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?
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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.
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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.
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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
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