wrack (one's) brain(s)

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wrack (one's) brain(s)

To struggle very hard to recall or think of something. ("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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The siblings will have to wrack their brains in trying their best to help Vanya deal with her ever-increasing powers and make sure that she won't cause the same destruction she did the first time around.
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