wrack (one's) brain(s)

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wrack (one's) brain(s)

To struggle very hard to recall or think of something. (The word "rack" is considered the more correct spelling, though "wrack" has become acceptable through common usage.) I've been wracking my brain, but I still can't remember what Lydia's husband's name is. He wracked his brains all weekend trying to think of a solution to the problem.
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wrack (one's) brains

/brain
To try hard to remember or think of something.
See also: brain, wrack
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Every weekend, I wrack my brain trying to think of where we can go (even in this late summer heat, I'm a dedicated beach person) and the ocean-front restaurant at Al Bustan Palace always comes to mind.
In my first job as a teacher at Ateneo de Manila High School, I had to wrack my brain to think up innovative ways to deliver the content of my lesson plan.
SOMETIMES I really have to wrack my brain for something to put in my column.
"I shouldn't have to wrack my brain of what I'm going to do next.
I still wrack my brain some nights wondering if I picked the wrong team and what should have been done differently.
Why I must lose Standing all alone at the end of the pier I think about my life and why I'm here For my heart's been broken so many, many times By people who said they loved me but then turned Around said goodbye and left me and my heart to Slowly die Why oh why must I lose so soon The ones I love so much Why must I lose their warm embrace And soft tender touch Why must I lose their soft sweet kisses And why must my heart be broken Into lots of little pieces So as I stand here in the cold and dark I wrack my brains and search my heart Trying to find an answer as to why The ones I love keep on saying goodbye to me DONALD JOHN TYE, Wallsend
I wrack my brains as to what we can do to make it better."
'I can't have electric or gas fires so I'm going to have to wrack my brains and come up with a way of keeping warm before winter kicks in.'
Thordarson, who was recently told there is no money to bring in new players, added: "I've got to wrack my brains and get more from those we have already got."
"For months I had sleepless nights trying to wrack my brains for names of patients and doctors - anything that would help.""