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(one's) head is more than just a hat rack

One is capable of intelligent, logical, or witty thought. (I.e., one's head houses a functioning brain, rather than just being a place to hang a hat.) "See? My head is more than just a hat rack," she said after I complimented her on the clever design of her product. You need to prove to us that your head is more than just a hat rack, Tom. Considering how much you get into trouble, sonny, I'm not convinced your head is more than just a hat rack.
See also: hat, head, just, more, rack

use (one's) head for more than (just) a hat rack

To think in an intelligent, logical, or clever manner; to not think or act like a fool. (I.e., to make use of the brain in one's head, rather than just using the head as a place to hang a hat.) There isn't a simple answer, so you'll have to use your head for more than a hat rack to find the best solution. Come on, Tom, that was a really silly error. You need to start using your head for more than just a hat rack.
See also: for, hat, head, more, rack, use
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use your head for more than a hatrack

 and use your head for more than something to keep your ears apart
Rur. to think. How are we going to solve this problem? Come on, use your head for more than a hatrack. Instead of whining about it, why don't you use your head for more than something to keep your ears apart?
See also: for, hatrack, head, more, use
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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