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.
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EVERYONE has been wracking their brain looking for Martin Pipe's Cheltenham Festival banker, writes Bruce Jackson.
of art, will definitely hold the attention of little ones at bedtime - and they're also rather nifty, in that, while the kids enjoy the pictures, parents will end up simultaneously wracking their brains trying to remember which artist is being riffed on.
Undoubtedly though there are other high-profile MPs and ministers that are wracking their brains over similar indiscretions.
How many thousands of customers will be wracking their brains as to which accounts might be accessed via a shared password?
Parents and western intelligence officials are wracking their brains to understand the motivations of middle-class youth who run away to a war zone.
While many gardeners will be crowing about the vast amount of apples they've picked, see picture below, a few will no doubt be wracking their brains about the lack of fruit, brown spots, maggots and general poor performance.
After the 2012 election ended, members of the Republican Party have been wracking their brains to figure out how they can appeal to a rapidly changing country.
Think of it as two players wracking their brains to create a joint work of art.
It doesn't matter what ballet company you visit in whatever city, invariably the marketing people are scratching their heads and wracking their brains to figure out how they can entice young people to attend their performances.
Our editors spent months wracking their brains to conjure up new and innovative ideas.
In work, there has already been a collection set up and people are wracking their brains for ways to help.
Word around Hollywood is that "The Simple Life" was such a hit that producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray ("The Real World," "Road Rules") are wracking their brains trying to figure out how to do a "Simple Life II" for the next season.
"The people in charge must be wracking their brains, because they brought in the bloke from South Africa and sent Cameron over there, then they brought in Lisa, but to be honest, I think it's too late to save it.
THE Beeb want to copy MTV's popular Osbournes reality series and have been wracking their brains to come up with a Brit music family that could measure up to the standards of Ozzie, Sharon, Kelly and Jack.
Now, after wracking their brains, retailers say they've found a simple solution to the high-tech problem...a lockable box.