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all brawn and no brain

Having great power or physical strength but lacking mental acuity or intelligence. He may have been a good football player in high school, but he was all brawn and no brains, so he didn't get into any colleges.
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be all brawn and no brain(s)

To have great power or physical strength but lack mental acuity or intelligence. He may have been a good football player in high school, but he was all brawn and no brains, so he didn't get into any colleges.
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brain is better than brawn

Intelligence is more important or useful than physical strength. You're a smart kid, and that's why we need you in the lineup—I think brain is better than brawn for this game. Don't pick a fight with that kid, huh? Brain is better than brawn—keep that in mind.
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brains and brawn

Mental acuity or intelligence and great power or physical strength, considered together. Our star football player got into an Ivy League school because he has brains and brawn.
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brains versus brawn

Mental acuity or intelligence in contrast to great power or physical strength. This isn't a case of brains versus brawn—you need both intelligence and physical strength in a situation like this.
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more with brains than with brawn

Using intelligence rather than physical strength. You're a smart kid, and that's why we need you in the lineup—I think this game will be won more with brains than with brawn.
See also: brain, brawn, more
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brains and/versus brawn

intelligence and/compared with physical strength: In this job you need both brains and brawn.
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