brain

noun
1 part of the body
ADJECTIVE
human
left, right

The left brain controls the right-hand side of the body.

BRAIN + NOUN
cell, tissue
region
stem (usually brainstem)
function, process
activity
damage, death, disease, disorder, failure, haemorrhage/hemorrhage, illness, injury, tumour/tumor
scan

He had a brain scan to search for possible damage.

surgeon, surgery
activity, function, waves (usually brainwaves)
PREPOSITION
in the/your brain

Doctors tried to reduce the swelling in his brain.

on the/your brain

He was found to have a blood clot on his brain.

He has sex on the brain (= thinks about nothing but sex).

PHRASES
blow your brains out

He put a gun to his head and threatened to blow his brains out.

2 ability to think/intelligence
ADJECTIVE
fertile, fine, good, great, quick
muddled, tired

My tired brain couldn't cope with such a complex problem.

analytical
VERB + BRAIN
rack

We racked our brains but we couldn't come up with a solution.

pick sb's (= ask sb for information because they know more about a subject than you)

I need to pick your brains: what can you tell me about credit unions?

take

It doesn't take much brain to work out that both stories can't be true.

use
BRAIN + VERB
function, tick over, work

It's important to keep your brain ticking over.

reel

His brain reeled as he realized the implication of his dismissal.

register sth

The stopping distance includes the time taken for the brain to register the need to stop.

BRAIN + NOUN
power (usually brainpower)
drain (= the movement of skilled people to other countries)
PREPOSITION
brain behind

He was the brains behind the robberies.

PHRASES
brains, not brawn, etc.

They relied on brains rather than brawn (= intelligence, not strength).

have a brain for sth

She has a good brain for mathematics.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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