brain cramp

brain cramp

A momentary mental lapse in attention, memory, understanding, care, or competence. Sorry boss, I just had a little brain cramp there. What were you saying again? Jack, having a bit of a brain cramp, accidentally sawed the beam completely in two.
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My first brain cramp comes from the fact that we're even having this discussion.
Among the company's other additions this year, including online at Merriam-Webster.com, and various apps are Oprah-inspired "aha moment", \Stephen King-popularised earworm, as in that truly torturous tune you can't get out of your head, and man cave, brain cramp and bucket list.
The first seven free market ideas came from individuals working outside of government, and the Keynesian brain cramp came from a former high-level government bureaucrat.
lang in the new psychological thriller Eye of the Beholder, which, with its ever-twisting plot is sure to give you a brain cramp.
But on a day when Mitch Trubisky played an excellent game and suffered just one brain cramp -- a horribly ill-advised lateral to Tarik Cohen resulting in a fumble -- the Bears offense managed just 14 points, and in spite of an 11-minute edge in time of possession, really didn't travel well at all.
They lost Game 2 just 11 seconds into overtime because of another brain cramp. And they lost Game 5 by a crossbar - the one that Chris Kelly hit in the first period.
The lapse surprised Horton, who said Schmidt is "the last guy I would expect to have a brain cramp."
Then, following Leodis McKelvin's brain cramp, the Patriots came up with a fumble recovery at the Buffalo 31.
Aaron Lynch had an excellent day, minus an unfortunate brain cramp that netted him a stupid taunting penalty, and Isaiah Irving needs to be on the field more after notching one sack, narrowly running by a second one and adding another tackle for loss.
(A brain cramp resulted in those stats being wrong in this space the other day).
Several brain cramps contributed to the 4-3 overtime loss, the sort of things the Bruins probably won't repeat.
"We had some brain cramps out there tonight," Boston coach Claude Julien said.
Some of you are complaining of brain cramps because I'm running off comments so quickly?
Your brain cramps are so bad you want to take a timeout from reading the column?
"We've played some really good volleyball this year against some really good teams," said Riedy, "but then we've have some complete brain cramps at other times.