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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I started in January one year, sitting in bed each night chewing a pen and wracking my brain, self-consciously writing things I should be grateful for that day: 1.
I've been wracking my brain trying to think of even one person in this country who is celebrating her 40th-with all the surprises God started sending her way from the end of her 39th anniversary!
And Wilson admitted: "I've been wracking my brain ever since Saturday, trying to work out what went wrong.
"I kept asking myself, 'Why me?' Literally wracking my brain trying to figure out who it is," the teacher mentioned in the letter was quoted by the NBC News as saying.
I would stand there wracking my brain to even remember how the combination began.
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And then, with a jolt, I'm alone again, extricating myself from coffee-hour chitchat, maneuvering my car into traffic, wracking my brain to remember the grocery list I left on the kitchen counter.
As I write this column in mid-December, I'm wracking my brain for my silly beer entry at the club's annual Santa's Silli Biere Competition, which is just a week away.
Now, I've been wracking my brain for the English equivalent of gigil, which could be, variously: annoyance, ire, irritation, dislike, or extreme exasperation.
He lied about seeing the offenders in a field behind the property, adding: "I'll be able to point them out to the officer." He went on: "I have been wracking my brain and I cannot think I have been p***ing anyone off."
as er as Christine said: "When I got the letter I was really confused and I started ot ly ed wracking my brain about where I had been out driving.
Because when I get a day off I just sit there wracking my brain about what I can be doing.
I finished playing in 1988, before the alleged incidents arose, but I looked back on our hundreds of games together, wracking my brain to remember one suspicious moment.
The list of excuses are endless and, after wracking my brains to try and figure out why I put off doing stuff like this, I can only think that, in this case it's a bit of a fear of failure.