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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Chief among the responses was the view that Brexit will create greater problems for the EU than Britain, with one saying: "Instead of wracking one's brains considering the ramifications of Brexit for the UK, it seems to me that the potential consequences for the EU are far more alarming." Outside of the EU, an Australian advisor complained that Brexit would remove a link between Australia and the EU, while professions in China and the US also raised concerns that the vote would harm the world economy.