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put (one's) thinking cap on

To begin thinking very hard about something, especially a solution to a problem. If we all put our thinking caps on, I'm sure we can come up with a way to earn enough money to go to the baseball game this weekend. A: "Well, boss, what do you think we should do?" B: "Just let me put my thinking cap on for a minute."
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put one's thinking cap on

Fig. to start thinking in a serious manner. (Usually used with children.) It's time to put our thinking caps on, children. All right now, let's put on our thinking caps and do some arithmetic.
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put your thinking cap on

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get your thinking cap on

If you put your thinking cap on or get your thinking cap on, you try hard to solve a problem by thinking about it. We need to put our thinking caps on and decide what can be done to prevent the problem. We've got five pairs of boots to give away, so get your thinking caps on and answer the following questions. Note: This expression may refer to the cap which judges used to wear when passing sentence or judgment.
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put your ˈthinking cap on

(informal) try to solve a problem by thinking hard about it: Now, how are we going to find this money? Let’s put our thinking caps on.
See also: cap, on, put, thinking
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