cudgel (one's) brains

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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.
See also: brain, cudgel

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’.
See also: brain, cudgel
References in classic literature ?
Passepartout might have cudgelled his brain for a century without hitting upon the real object which the detective had in view.
Two weeks had passed since Martin had seen him, and he vainly cudgelled his brains for some cause of offence.