beat brains

beat (one's) brains out

1. To put forth one's maximum effort. I've been beating my brains out trying to get a passing grade this semester, so failing by two measly points is incredibly frustrating. Don't beat your brains out trying to please these people—they'll never appreciate it.
2. To violently attack someone, physically or verbally. I'm worried that the captain of the football team will beat my brains out if he finds out that I'm secretly seeing his girlfriend. As if I didn't feel bad enough after losing the case, my boss beat my brains out for it once I got back to the office.
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beat (one's) brains (out)

Informal To exert or expend great mental effort: She beat her brains out during the examination.
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Kennedy once said about Bundy, "You can't beat brains," but as Goldstein demonstrates, Bundy was so cerebral he was insensitive to the plight of others, his moral compass so awry at times that it provided no legitimate bearing on which to base policy.
How can this be achieved when the beat brains are taken out of poor countries?