Cudgeled my brain - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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cudgel (one's) brains
To try very hard to comprehend, solve, think of, or remember something. I was up all night cudgeling my brains for a way to pay off all my debts. She cudgeled her brains to remember the man's name.
cudgel your brain (or brains) think hard about a problem.
This expression was used by Shakespeare in Hamlet: ‘Cudgel thy brains no more about it’.
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Yet I cudgeled my brain
to vindicate that Jesus was the most revolutionary in annihilating the Religious superstitions and irrationality prevailed in the Jewish custom while provoking the Jews to think "critically and creatively".
Day after day, night after night I have cudgeled my brains
to discover how the Christian doctrine could be carried out politically; and I see that it is impossible.