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1‘the disease attacks certain cells in the brain’
cerebrum, cerebral matter
2also brains‘success requires brains as well as brawn’
intelligence, intellect, intellectual capacity, mental capacity, brainpower, cleverness, wit, wits, powers of reasoning, reasoning, wisdom, sagacity, acumen, discernment, shrewdness, judgement, understanding, common sense, sense
informal nous, grey matter, savvy, braininess, upper storey
British informal loaf
North American informal smarts
South African informal kop
3brains‘Janice is the brains of the family’
clever person, intellectual, intellect, bluestocking, thinker, highbrow, mind, scholar, sage
genius, Einstein, polymath, prodigy
egghead, bright spark
British brainbox, clever clogs, boffin
North American brainiac, rocket scientist
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