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.
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Adding brilliance to the occasion were the 'logic and math' games hosted and conceived by my niece Charm, which had all of us (save for the lazy 'titas') wracking our brains and exercising ingenuity.
"We have been wracking our brains all week now to come up with things we can do differently and obviously the proof will be in the pudding that we have come up with a successful way of doing things, so we'll be changing things around on Saturday," revealed the coach who celebrated his 39th birthday yesterday.
"We were wracking our brains about what we wanted and we thought about something different but staying with our heritage and keeping it Oriental."
Mum, Julia, said: "David has always been a bit hyper-active, he got to five and we were wracking our brains over what to do with him.
Meanwhile, we're wracking our brains over more huge fields today.
"Since there is a lot of European money available for this, we at the Northumbria Larder have been wracking our brains to come up with good regional products and the only one we can come up with is the stottie.