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See also: Brains
- plural of
brains pl (plural only)
- The substance of a brain as a material or foodstuff.
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- I would, while it was smiling in my face,
- Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,
- And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you
- Have done to this.
- (informal) The figurative substance of a brain: mental ability, intelligence.
- Sadly, I got my brains from my mom and my looks from the mailman.
- (informal, with “the”) The intelligent person or people in a group: the director, planner, administrator, &c.
- Who's the brains behind this operation?
- 1990, House of Cards, Season 1, Episode 1:
- I mean, it's a bit of a waste of money paying me eighteen grand to run errands, isn't it? Come on. I'm supposed to be the brains of this outfit.
(informal) intelligence, aptitude
(informal, with “the”) the intelligent person or people in a group: the director, planner, administrator, &c.
- (intelligent person; director, planner, administrator): mastermind
- Third-person singular simple present indicative form of brain