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brain surgeon

Someone who is extremely intelligent and adept, usually used in a negative or rhetorical manner to indicate the opposite. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to use this device. Can I fix the computer? What do I look like, a brain surgeon?
See also: brain
References in classic literature ?
Where he has gone to, perhaps," suggests the surgeon to help him out.
The surgeon leans against the corner of the chimney-piece; Miss Flite peeps and trembles just within the door.
He had an impulse to tell the surgeon to go to hell, but he had not the courage to make a scene.
Philip had often asked himself whether anything could be done, but his distaste for any reference to the subject had prevented him from consulting any of the surgeons at the hospital.
But on the day when he was declared out of danger--if that happy day ever arrived--I must resign my place at his bedside, and must wait to show myself until the surgeon gave me leave.
The surgeon happened to be by the bedside when his patient awoke.
The surgeon had found an occupation for himself which completely isolated him among the rest of the guests.
Surgeon Surville, entering from the kitchen, drew aside the canvas screen, and approached the little round table at which his superior officer was sitting.
The surgeon assented to bleed her upon these conditions, and then proceeded to his operation, which he performed with as much dexterity as he had promised; and with as much quickness: for he took but little blood from her, saying, it was much safer to bleed again and again, than to take away too much at once.
They all consulted together, and looked anxiously at the surgeon, as he asked some questions, and shook his head on receiving the replies.
After trying the leg with a finger, and two fingers, and one hand and two hands, and over and under, and up and down, and in this direction and in that, and approvingly remarking on the points of interest to another gentleman who joined him, the surgeon at last clapped the patient on the shoulder, and said, 'He won't hurt.
The surgeon had been sitting with his face turned towards the fire: giving the palms of his hands a warm and a rub alternately.
Another surgeon then coming in, the two exchanged a whisper, and the second took the hand.
Our surgeon charged the men to cause the meat to be boiled while they stayed, and to keep guard in the cook-room, to prevent the men taking it to eat raw, or taking it out of the pot before it was well boiled, and then to give every man but a very little at a time: and by this caution he preserved the men, who would otherwise have killed themselves with that very food that was given them on purpose to save their lives.
FRANCIS CARR BEARD (FELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF ENGLAND), IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE TIME WHEN THE CLOSING SCENES OF THIS STORY WERE WRITTEN.