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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In fact you have to wrack your brain for truly memorable performances - Silence Of The Lambs, Remains Of The Day perhaps.
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An early shot tested the 'keeper then you wrack your brains to think of the contribution he made.
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