little grey cells

little grey cells

Knowledge or the power to think critically. (A reference to brain cells.) This medication has very serious side effects, and I would rather hang on to all of my little grey cells than extend what remains of my life by a couple of years. The detective credited his "little grey cells" as the reason he was able to solve such a complex and mysterious case.
See also: cell, grey, little

little grey cells

brain cells (as symbolic of high intelligence or mental acuity).
The phrase is particularly associated with the cerebral Belgian detective Hercule Poirot , invented by Agatha Christie .
2006 Scotland on Sunday They…show an amazing capacity to solve every cryptic clue, code and secret that comes their way, often merely by the use of their little grey cells and a leap of the imagination.
See also: cell, grey, little
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The team of heroes (who admit that they are canine lovers, but we'll ignore that) found that although dog's brains aren't larger, they have more than double the little grey cells that are considered hallmarks of intelligence.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (12A) THE little grey cells of moustachioed sleuth Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh, who also directs) - and cinema audiences unfamiliar with Agatha Christie's fiendish 1934 novel - are rigorously tested in a handsome reimagining of the snowbound murder mystery.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (12A) HHH HH THE little grey cells of moustachioed sleuth Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh, who also directs) - and cinema audiences unfamiliar with Agatha Christie's fiendish 1934 novel - are rigorously tested in a handsome reimagining of the snowbound murder mystery.
THE little grey cells of moustachioed sleuth Hercule Poirot - and cinema audiences unfamiliar with Agatha Christie's fiendish 1934 novel - are rigorously tested in Kenneth Branagh's handsome reimagining of the snowbound murder mystery.
murder on the orient express (12A) HHH HH THE little grey cells of moustachioed sleuth Hercule Poirot - and cinema audiences unfamiliar with Agatha Christie's fiendish 1934 novel - are rigorously tested in Kenneth Branagh's handsome reimagining of the snowbound murder mystery.
Patients probably want to hang on to as many of their little grey cells for as long as they can.
AUGUST 23-31: Give your little grey cells a workout by joining London's Mind Olympics.
How To Develop A Brilliant Memory Week By Week has 50 ways to make your little grey cells more retentive.
A study of elderly people by John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, found those with impaired hearing lost an extra cubic centimetre of little grey cells every year.
It was curtains for Poirot in Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Wednesday, STV) as the Belgian detective's little grey cells fired into action one last time in Agatha Christie's ingenious farewell to her most popular and enduring character.
The common-sense approach would probably be to leave the race well alone, but the more I used my little grey cells Poirot-style, the more adamant I became that Thunderstorm could blow his field apart off a mark of 93.
Yes, it is a fun enough game for those who like to use their little grey cells while playing games, but traditional Angry Birds' fans should be ready to either exercise patience or be ready to just a bit of disappointment.
I know alcohol loosens the tongue but I didn't realise that it also makes the little grey cells work more quickly.
My little grey cells seem incapable of working other than in black and white.
Get those little grey cells working and boost your IQ at the same time.