pick one's brain

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British pronunciation/pˈɪk wˈɒnz bɹˈeɪn/
American pronunciation/pˈɪk wˈʌnz bɹˈeɪn/
to pick one's brain

to ask a knowledgeable or informed person their opinion on something

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to [pick] {one's} [brain] definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "pick one's brain" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "pick one's brain" likely draws on the metaphorical idea of the human brain as a valuable resource containing knowledge and insights. The word "pick" in this context suggests the act of selectively extracting or gathering information, similar to picking individual items from a collection. Over the years, the phrase has become a widely recognized phrase that is used to describe the act of seeking advice, information, or expertise from someone by engaging in a conversation or discussion.

I wanted to pick his brain about his successful business strategies to gain some valuable insights.
The journalist interviewed the renowned author to pick her brain about the writing process and literary inspiration.
The young entrepreneur met with experienced investors to pick their brains about fundraising strategies for her startup.
She reached out to her professor to pick his brain on research techniques for her thesis.
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