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1[mass noun] Surgery performed on the brain or other parts of the nervous system:‘he is in a critical condition after undergoing brain surgery’
- ‘A year before I met the couple, Andrea underwent complicated brain surgery.’
- ‘Following eight hours of brain surgery, he lay near death.’
- ‘Following the accident, he was rushed to hospital in critical condition with a severe head injury and underwent brain surgery the very next day.’
- ‘My body stopped functioning; they had machines on me after the brain surgery.’
- ‘Brain surgery to remove a tumour or to alleviate the symptoms of neurological diseases, like Parkinson's, it's fairly commonplace today.’
- ‘He spent six months in hospital, had five brain surgeries, then he came to live with me.’
- ‘My dad and sister had voiced concern about the possible negative side effects of brain surgery.’
- ‘Last year he had brain surgery to relieve pressure from a blood clot.’
- ‘The patients I worked with have had no success with medication and were evaluated to see if brain surgery might help them.’
- ‘I was airlifted to Phoenix the next morning for brain surgery.’
- 1.1informal [usually with negative] An exceptionally difficult or complicated task:‘obviously this is not brain surgery’‘breadmaking is hardly brain surgery’
- ‘It's easy to make fun of things like the absurdity of the plot, but this was never intended to be brain surgery.’
- ‘Now, I'm not talking brain surgery here.’
- ‘Investing is not like brain surgery.’
- ‘Following the instructions is a simple enough affair, and to be honest this isn't brain surgery.’
- ‘Helping someone with a leg injury is far from brain surgery.’
- ‘I'll be the first to admit that graphic design isn't brain surgery.’
- ‘There should be a clearly defined line and I don't think it's brain surgery to try and figure that out.’
- ‘This is far from brain surgery but it does require some knowledge or at least a bit of reading.’
- ‘Basically it's not brain surgery, but it's pretty easy.’
- ‘Hanging and taping wallboard isn't brain surgery.’
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