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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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.
"I'm wracking my brains to work out how we can do it.
? I'VE been wracking my brains to try to remember a player having a night like Jonjo Shelvey did against his former club and I failed.
"I've always said that I play for the best team in the world, but I came here to compete, to learn and enjoy, not to sit wracking my brains," Fabregas said to Marca.
"I've been wracking my brains. He never ever went upstairs to her bedroom, he never gave us any reason to even contemplate that he could do something like that.
I've been wracking my brains all week for a good story and half hoped some loony would jump out of a bush when I took Barney for his usual walk on Saturday morning.
Perhaps I should be telling her that we are doing everything possible - I'm wracking my brains to remember how the paramedics respond to such queries on Casualty - or that the ambulance is on its way?
I shuffle around guiltily, wracking my brains trying to remember how my time has been spent since I dropped them off at school not very long ago.
She said: 'I was just wracking my brains for a ways to fundraise to help Alan, but it was my mum who suggested doing something on eBay.
I've been wracking my brains over this, but I don't really know any.
"I had planned to wait for the Drinmore over an extra half-mile at Fairyhouse, but the horse is so well in himself that I have been wracking my brains trying to find a reason not to run him here-and I couldn't find one.
"I had been wracking my brains about where he could have gone.
I've been wracking my brains to think of another format she could slot into.