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put on one's thinking cap

Think or reflect seriously, as in A new slogan? I'll have to put on my thinking cap for that. This term originated in the late 1800s and replaced considering cap, which dates from the early 1600s.
See also: cap, on, put, thinking
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With several key players, including Craig Lima and Russell Wigley out of action, manager Mark Jones had to put his thinking cap on - and pulled off a major coup in bringing the impressive Beddard to Port Talbot.
IRISH rugby star Brian O'Driscoll got his thinking cap on to launch the All-Ireland Schools Quiz yesterday.
Depending, then, on your ability to cast aside your thinking cap, ``Ned Kelly'' might suffice as a popcorn hero, although I'd imagine you'd feel better about him (and your financial investment) if you're popping your own corn and watching him in the comfort of your own home.
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Our Prime Minister, David Cameron was not born when we had to fight to save this country, and he should put his thinking cap on and treat old age pensioners with respect by giving them a decent increase to cope with the cost of living.
But I hear Gordon Brown put on his thinking cap over the summer.
Someone has certainly had their thinking cap on because it is a new one on me.
We're looking for ideas for delicious fillings, so here is a chance to get that thinking cap on and scoop everything you need for the new school term.
This one requires a thinking cap, and a certain degree of patience.
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