pick (one's) brain(s)

pick (one's) brain(s)

To ask one questions in order to obtain detailed information or advice. You should pick John's brain sometime. He knows all about car engines. I've just started playing professionally, and I'd love to pick your brains for any tips you might have.
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pick someone's brain(s)

Fig. to talk with someone to find out information about something. I spent the afternoon with Donna, picking her brain for ideas to use in our celebration. Do you mind if I pick your brains? I need some fresh ideas.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pick someone's brain

Obtain ideas or information from another person, as in I'm out of ideas for decorating-let me pick your brain. This term alludes to picking clean a carcass. [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pick someone's brains

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pick someone's brain

INFORMAL
If you pick someone's brains or pick their brain, you ask them for advice or information. I'd like to pick your brains about something. Nothing urgent. She, in turn, picked my brains about London as she was thinking about a trip to England. He has helped me enormously over the last few years. We used to travel down to training together and I was always picking his brain for information.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

pick someone's brains (or brain)

question someone who is better informed about a subject than yourself in order to obtain information. informal
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pick somebody’s ˈbrains

(informal) ask somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject for information or ideas: I need some help with this project. Can I pick your brains?
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