One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make a great effort to think of or remember something.
think hard, put one's mind to something, give much thought to something, concentrate, try to remember, puzzle over something, cudgel one's brains, furrow one's browView synonyms
- ‘I walk towards him, wracking my brains to remember how I know him, or at the very least, a name.’
- ‘Quite frankly, I had to rack my brains to remember my first kiss.’
- ‘I was wracking my brain this morning to remember his name.’
- ‘But eventually the day was at an end… and I had to rack my brains to remember where the car was.’
- ‘Unfortunately, a lot of the details dissolved from my memory as soon as I got up, and I've been wracking my brain trying to remember exactly what was going on.’
- ‘He racked his brain, trying to remember, but couldn't.’
- ‘I'm racking my brains as best I can but I can't remember any meetings.’
- ‘She racked her brain to remember if she had met anyone with that name.’
- ‘You're wracking your brains to try and remember Alan's wonderful effort now, aren't you?’
- ‘I racked my brains but, oddly enough, I couldn't remember a single one.’
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