brjóta heilann

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally “to break the brain”.

Verb[edit]

brjóta heilann (strong verb, third-person singular past indicative braut heilann, third-person plural past indicative brutu heilann, supine brotið heilann)

  1. to ponder, to rack one's brain
    Ég hef brotið heilann um spurninguna.
    I've been racking my brain about the question.

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