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use (one's) noodle

To use one's own intelligence and intellectual ability; to think logically and rationally. ("Noodle" here is slang for head or brain. Often said as an imperative.) Come on, Dean, I know you can figure this out on your own. Use your noodle for a change! I can't believe you were arrested for selling marijuana. What were you thinking? Why don't you use your noodle once in a while?
See also: noodle, use

noodle about (something)

To discuss, speak, or think about something in an idle, aimless, or purely speculative manner. ("Noodle" here is slang for head or brain.) He spent most of the party noodling about all these pseudo-philosophical ideas that just made him sound pretentious. When I came into the room, they had started noodling about the pros and cons of capitalism compared to socialism.
See also: noodle

noodle around

1. To spend time investigating, perusing, or examining something. I could spend hours in the library just noodling around all the old books they have there. I think I'm going to noodle around the electronics section for a while.
2. To waste time idly (in some place). I don't want you in the house noodling around all weekend long. Why don't you kids go down to the mall and noodle around down there for an hour or two.
See also: around, noodle

noodle over

To ponder, consider, or speculate about something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "noodle" and "over." ("Noodle" here is slang for head or brain.) As my mind wandered into daydream, I began noodling over the possibility of giving up my job and moving to Japan. I wanted a day or two to noodle over the deal before I agreed to anything.
See also: noodle, over

noodle around

to wander around; to fiddle around with something. I couldn't find the instructions so I spent the afternoon noodling around, trying to find out how it worked. I noodled around until I found the right address.
See also: around, noodle

noodle over something

Inf. to think about something. Let's noodle over this problem for a bit and discuss it at our next meeting.
See also: noodle, over

use one's head

 and use one's noggin; use one's noodle
Fig. to use one's own intelligence. (The words noggin and noodle are slang terms for "head.") You can do better in math if you'll just use your head. Jane uses her noggin and gets things done correctly and on time. Yes, she sure knows how to use her noodle.
See also: head, use


n. (one’s) head. Put your hat on your noodle, and let’s go.

Use your head!

and Use your noggin! and Use your noodle!
exclam. Think!; Think it through! You know the answer. Use your head! Use your noggin’, dogg!
See also: use

Use your noodle!

See also: use

wet noodle

n. a dupe; a wimp. Don’t be such a wet noodle. Don’t let them push you around.
See also: noodle, wet
References in classic literature ?
Here is Bill Jukes, every inch of him tattooed, the same Bill Jukes who got six dozen on the WALRUS from Flint before he would drop the bag of moidores [Portuguese gold pieces]; and Cookson, said to be Black Murphy's brother (but this was never proved), and Gentleman Starkey, once an usher in a public school and still dainty in his ways of killing; and Skylights (Morgan's Skylights); and the Irish bo'sun Smee, an oddly genial man who stabbed, so to speak, without offence, and was the only Non-conformist in Hook's crew; and Noodler, whose hands were fixed on backwards; and Robt.
After starring as The Engineer in 'Saigon's' UK and Australia tours, this Royal Academy of Dramatic Art-trained actor also essayed the roles of Judas in 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' Noodler in 'Peter Pan the Musical,' and John the Baptist and Judas in 'Godspell.'
Mike is an expert noodler, able to snag a fish with his bare hands.
Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): The former high school prom king, Delta Tau Delta frat boy, Randian, bowhunter, and catfish noodler has led P90X workouts in Congress and sponsored (unsuccessful)tax breaks for brewers, distillers, and boozers.
Paul Ryan is a dedicated catfish noodler, according to the ( Houston Chronicle .
Watch the Trib's interview with filmmaker and avid noodler Bradley Beesley.
Starkey, Ed Teynte, Bill Jukes, Cecco, Noodler and William Slank all lend which man a hand?
"With Ubisoft, we've found a partner as passionate about changing the rules as we are," Cranium cofounder and chief noodler Whit Alexander said.
The "Noodler" section is the obligatory game/reward element of the title, with a premise of assembling musical parameters like historical period, instrumentation and so on, and "noodling" around with the primary chords on either the on-screen keyboard or a connected MIDI keyboard.
He is joined by Toby Hull, who plays the role of Noodler the pirate, accompanied by his father Rod's crazy bird Emu.
Joe is joined by Toby Hull who plays the role of Noodler the pirate and continues in his father Rod's footsteps with the help of that crazy bird Emu
Toby is playing Noodler the pirate in Peter Pan this Christmas and says: "The family theme continues for my feathered friend too.
"It's man versus beast in the purest form," says Spencer Grace, a game warden with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and a life-long noodler who's personal best is an 83-pound flathead.
Smee Michael Nostrand Cecco Tony Spinosa Gentleman Starkey Sam Zeller Noodler Randy Davis With: Kim Arnett, Jeffrey Elsass, Casey Miles Good, Brian Shepard, Roger Preston Smith.
Females lay their eggs in underwater burrows, which are guarded by males, whose protectiveness makes it possible for the noodler to stick a hand into a burrow and come out with an aggressive catfish.