pick brain

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pick (one's) brain(s)

To get detailed information or advice from someone. You should pick John's brain sometime; he knows all about car engines. I've just started playing professionally, and I'd love to pick your brains for any tips you might have.
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pick someone's brain(s)

Fig. to talk with someone to find out information about something. I spent the afternoon with Donna, picking her brain for ideas to use in our celebration. Do you mind if I pick your brains? I need some fresh ideas.
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And when our female ancestors were smart enough to pick brains over brawn when choosing a mate, they inadvertently increased human intelligence by starting an evolutionary selection process that eventually created our powerful brain.
The Kickoff in Manchester, sponsored in part by Brooks Automation and NASA, gave teams the opportunity to meet, make friends and renew old friendships, pick brains, and see the new game for the first time.
He wants to become a football manager one day and he wants to pick brains.
Nicholas said: "Celtic certainly needed a coach of significant quality and I think they are getting that - it will be certainly interesting to see him pick brains with Dick Advocaat next season.